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.
Union Rescue Mission, Los Angeles, CA
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.
Gene Crane, Great Western Bank
Charles Hall for Advertising Age
Reliance Steel Annual Report
Charles Wittenmeir for Advertising Age
Jeff DiPane of the "Pinheads"
Recent and Random
President Bill Clinton for the University of Minnesota Humphrey School