It feels like the world has stopped, doesn’t it?
In what seems like an instant, the world flattened. Neighbors, friends, family, all became the same distance away. We all started existing in a virtual world. And yet our lives continue, life is there, right behind the wall of our front door.
As a photographer, this is a uniquely strange time, as I am use to interacting with babies, kiddos, parents, grandparents, all to capture life in still moments, as it is, to document us as we are in this moment of time. This is why when I heard about the "Front Step Portraits", started by fellow MA Photographer Cara Soulia, I knew I had to jump on board.
Starting today, I am offering to take five minute ‘Front Steps Portraits” of Somerset and Swansea residents. After your quick session, I will email you the digital file of your portrait. In exchange, I am asking you to make a good faith donation to Non Profit of your choice at this time, and share that name with me.
I will be posting these images on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #thefrontstepsproject and listing the name of the non profit you donated to. Please share these posts. Let’s spread the word!
The purpose of this project is to bring us together when we might feel isolated. I aim to highlight the faces of our community during a time when we might not see them in passing at the grocery store, coffee shop, on the train or at the gym. Participating in this project is also an opportunity to step up to help those who need it most right now.
I will be taking images outside ONLY and from at least 10 feet away. Our session will be brief, likely just 5 minutes. This is not a typical get-dressed-up-and-pose-for-the-photographer session. Want to stand outside in your pajamas and slippers? Sounds good to me. Kids in mismatched clothes but you’re thrilled they got dressed? Fantastic. Wearing your bike gear because you’re headed off to ride a trail in the nice weather? Love it! Be you.*
*A special thanks to Cara for starting this movement and allowing other photographers to look to her for the words and guidelines to use to spread the idea and project.