Familiar Faces.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Are You Really My Friend? is a project by Maine-based photographer Tanja Hollander, who is attempting to photograph each of her 678 Facebook friends - some of whom are strangers - in their homes around the world. (So far, she's captured 300.)

She reflects: "I have crawled on the floor to play legos and read books with children I just met. I have been shown urban gardens, admired chickens and prize roosters. I saw a bee sanctuary being built in North St. Louis as part of an urban beautification project. I took part in a dance festival on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. I shared a bowl of gumbo in New Orleans with a friend I hadn’t met in real life. In Washington DC, I toured the West Wing with a friend who was a staff photographer for President Obama. I have listened to stories of family tragedy and strength, and the difficulties of surviving in this economic climate – especially for artists. Most importantly, I have learned about human kindness and compassion. I continue to be surprised by the number of people, especially (the real life) total strangers, who have opened their homes to me – offering me a place to stay, sharing their lives, their stories, their food, and their families while allowing my camera to document it all."


While I have very few Facebook friends who are total strangers, I wonder what the experience of spending a period of time with each would be like. Friends from elementary school; college dorm-mates; people I've met on trains, buses, and in hostels while traveling - I'd love the opportunity to catch up, see where our lives have taken us.

Visit Are You Really My Friend?here. Found via Feature Shoot.

15 comments:

Rachel @ Existation said...

This is SUCH a good idea! When I really think about it, I'm not sure how comfortable I would be doing this with every one of my Facebook "friends"...or how many would be okay with it themselves. This is very timely, as I was just thinking about going through my friend list and doing a little spring cleaning...=]

Anonymous said...

love this idea!

Morgan said...

This would be so cool to do. (And would take such a long time!) :)

Shoko said...

Rachel, I had the same thought. I'm impressed that so many people agreed to participate - what a nice surprise :)

magical said...

wow. what an interesting project!

max said...

fascinating. love this, as always, thanks for sharing!!

Paw said...

i'm not sure i'd do it but i love reading about it.

sherry said...

what an interesting project she created and found nice surprises along the way. whoever thought such project!

Camila Faria said...

What a fabulous project! I just watched her presentation at TED and loved it.

auste said...

Like Rachel above, I've been meaning to do a little Facebook cleanse... but now as I go through my friend list, I'll imagine what I could discover about them if I undertook a project like this. Amazing!

girlseeksplace said...

This is a very cool concept. I would love to meet some of my Facebook friends in real life.

Grace said...

love this!

Shoko said...

Camila, I haven't seen that yet! Thanks for the reminder!

Kathy said...

When I do hear anything about Facebook these days, it's usually less than positive, so I love that this project looks at the very real human connections that can be made from it. Thanks for sharing this!

Tanja Hollander said...

Thanks everyone, what nice commenters you are.

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