Originally, by placing an ad on Craigslist, I found subjects willing to share their "unique" traits and be photographed. Each portrait took approx 10 minutes and each subject was given a cd, and print(s) of their best images. The words are actual quotes from the subject's original email reply.
It has turned into a study of not what makes one unique, but what each person thinks makes them unique. It is my hope that viewers of this series will self-examine and value their own uniqueness.
The value of a portrait takes on major significance once that person dies. I have been asked numerous times by family members for a photo of a loved one that is no longer alive. In an effort to capture these photos, before it is too late, I would visit senior homes and volunteer to do photo sessions in an effort to capture these images.
I soon began to realize that by doing the photos alone, I was missing out on the wisdom that was in front of my camera. By conducting brief interviews, we captured beautiful and though-provoking words of life experience and combined them with the image.
I received a grant from The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) to help with the project.
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President Bill Clinton for the University of Minnesota Humphrey School