I don’t create photographs for likes. I make photographs that will still exist in 50 years, long after the swipe is through, through gallery and book projects.
That’s why I shoot on film, and make gallery-quality prints. These aren’t for likes.
I’m looking for two kinds of photographs to make, one for my Roy Stryker Documentary Project (RoyStryker.com) of your family, and the other for my Wise Photo Project photographing our incredible seniors.
ROY STRYKER DOCUMENTARY PROJECT
Last year, I documented a family’s Thanksgiving and was able to create a book of those photographs for them, in addition to adding the photographs to the Roy Stryker Documentary Project.
I also photographed a group of high-school kids at home for lunch for the project. The purpose is to document real life today, not the stylized Instagram-filtered life posing for the camera, but real life.
I will be contacting some of you directly, but I want to photograph an ordinary day in the life of many families, and if yours is interested, you can contact me.
● A dad playing catch with his son.
● A person at work, especially in a job that has strong visuals or a place most people never get to see.
● A mom driving the kids to school.
● A couple staying home and hanging on the porch on a Friday night.
● A teenager hanging posters in their room.
● Real people doing real things.
Not extraordinary things. Not graduating. A Sunday dinner, not just a holiday dinner.
Bill Owens did a similar project with a classified ad request to local families in the 1970s, and there’s a wonderful book of images from it called, ‘Suburbia‘, with photographs that wouldn’t exist without his effort to document ordinary life at that time.
THE WISE PHOTO PROJECT
The second project, I am creating large-format environmental portraits of seniors, doing something that they love. Like the fisherman. There’s something to a portrait that goes beyond the picture, and becomes a slice or moment of a life. That’s what the Wise Photo Project is all about.
● A senior playing golf or other activity
● A senior working on a car
● A senior at home reading the newspaper
● A senior engaged in any aspect of their life that defines them.
There’s no cost to you for either project. You’ll receive a copy of the photograph. Both projects are being created for gallery exhibits, and hopefully book projects and museum shows.
This fall, I’ll be traveling across the U.S. and scheduling shoots for both photo projects, so if you are located between Colorado and Pennsylvania, let me know, perhaps I can make a shoot work in your town. And then later into winter, I’ll be working from Colorado to California, so let me know where you’re located.