We are five days away from the launch of our first photography project. This is a huge undertaking for us and we couldn’t be more excited!
Over the weekend, we were finally able to put into words just what this project was all about. Here’s some words from L.A.:
I’ve been a Clevelander for 25 years. I moved away then moved back; I did that a few times before the 216 really got its hooks into me. I’ve been back for two years now and I have no intentions of leaving.
Cleveland is my favorite place to explore. There’s always something new being built, some new art being created. It’s a beautiful place in the height of its renaissance. But to me, Cleveland’s true beauty is in its people.
I’ve lived in L.A., spent time in Chicago, New York City, and I’ve come to find that no population compares to that of Cleveland. We’re diverse, original, removed from the mainstream, and I am compelled to capture it all on film.
A camera has been in my hand longer than I can remember. Since I received my first Ninja Turtle Polaroid, no subject has been safe from my lens. At the onset of my teenage years, I began to shy away from photographing people and gravitated towards landscapes and things that did not require my permission to shoot. Now in my twenties as a photographer by profession, this does not serve me well. I am not necessarily shy, but I am, to a degree, still uncomfortable photographing people.
It’s a bit ironic; anthropology fascinates me! I enjoy speaking with and meeting new people yet I am too uncomfortable to ask if I could take a portrait of them. Too many times I find myself in conversations with fascinating people and I’m too shy to ask to capture their story. In an effort to change that, I created the 100 Portrait Project.
The 100 Portrait Project seeks to capture one hundred photographs of people in iconic Cleveland locations on 35mm film. It will be debuting at Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 2014 in the Gordon Square Arts District with plans to tackle other Cleveland landmarks in the future.
My intentions with this project is to not only push myself out of my comfort zone and to challenge myself creatively, but to showcase the beauty of Cleveland and encourage other to take notice. There are so many stories in our city, and I cannot wait to share the ones I capture with you.
Want to join in on our project? Keep your eyes peeled for details on where we’ll be shooting over the weekend and in the future!