Chaps ChoirMatt Veal
An exploration of men today, observing the collective identity of the group and the individual, through singing.
This project looks to explore the relationships between men in a non-competitive environment. Performance is core to the choir’s activities, however the focus of this study, is the broader sense of togetherness. I show how men react to each other, the camaraderie, relationships and how they feel about being in Chaps Choir.
Above all else I wanted to capture and share how the love of singing together brings men a sense of belonging. What I found went far deeper than just friendships and togetherness; there was a true sense of community. I became an observer of a group of varied and wonderfully diverse men who have singing in common.
I realised that I was not only documenting a choir but studying the therapeutic effects of the group on the individual and the kinship that evolved from being united.