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Creating Community at Sears 2008-2011

Using Sears as a format for archiving an event was a great way to infiltrate the corporate structure and participate in it. These portraits were organized from August of 2008 through June of 2011. For the color wheel series, pharmacy each set of colors is from a photo shoot dedicated to that color. I sent e-mails to a large friend base, clinic had my mother participate in all the photo shoots and by the end when we shot purple over twenty members of my family flew into Seattle to be a part of the project. For the Couples at Sears’s images, mind I invited couples to dress as twins. Looking for connections in relationships is another piece to this puzzle. For the final series, Sears in Black and White, I invited people from all the last shoots, but I also was less eager to work towards a large group. I put out a small invite on Facebook, and was intrigued with those who were excited to participate, but I didn’t feel the need to really push getting a large group.

This project started as a means to examine my loneliness, and find connections. A picture can be a lie, but it can also be the truth, the space between truth and fiction is most appealing to me. It’s a comment on Family and Relationships, the myth of family, what it means to belong, what corporations do to feed our need to belong, and about community, color and fun.

Will You Play With Me?

Will You Play With Me?

Love The Ball!

Love The Ball!

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Volunteer Back and Front

Volunteer Back and Front

Orange and Proud Men

Orange and Proud Men

F U Pose

F U Pose

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Pretty Fingers

Pretty Fingers

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First Concert with Dad - Willie Nelson. First Concert with Mom - Laurie Anderson

First Concert with Dad - Willie Nelson. First Concert with Mom - Laurie Anderson

My Blue House

My Blue House

Blue Sky Anne

Blue Sky Anne

Sexy John

Sexy John

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Blue Crayon

Blue Crayon

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Purple Family

Purple Family

She is older and wearing Purple

She is older and wearing Purple

Purple Zoot

Purple Zoot

Bowling!

Bowling!

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Re-Imagining the Purple Gang

Re-Imagining the Purple Gang

The Sears Portrait Photographers and I

The Sears Portrait Photographers and I

Julie and Andy as Romance Novel Peddlers

Julie and Andy as Romance Novel Peddlers

Saskia and Otto sing the Blues

Saskia and Otto sing the Blues

Susanna and Anna go Sailing

Susanna and Anna go Sailing

Todd and Erin join the Club

Todd and Erin join the Club

Troy and Catherine -

Troy and Catherine - "Oh Really?"

The Period on the End of a Long Sentence

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You Wanna?

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We are Men

We are Men

You asked for my autograph?

You asked for my autograph?

I wanted to say something about lemons...

I wanted to say something about lemons...

Love and Lambie

Love and Lambie

White Pyramid

White Pyramid