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Photographer, Ty Morin, pays a visit to every single one of his Facebook friends to take their portrait...all 788 of them.
Photographer, Ty Morin, pays a visit to every single one of his Facebook friends to take their portrait...all 788 of them.
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Friend Request: Accepted is a film/photo series created by Connecticut based photographer, Ty Morin. Over the next couple years, I will be seeking out every single one of my Facebook friends to take their picture...all 788 of them. The idea is to capture everyone doing something they are passionate about, while filming the whole process.

While planning this project, people kept telling me to make it easier on myself and make a friend cut. Chances are, at least half of those 788 people, I've never even spoken to. However, don't you think cutting out all those friends would defeat the purpose of this project? The goal of this project is to reconnect with people. No more hiding behind the screen of social media. Stop looking down at your phone and pretending you're texting your BFF when you walk by an old friend from high school. Lets get out there and remind people what it's like to have a face to face conversation with someone.

This project will obviously take some time with the vast amount of pictures that need to be taken. The idea here isn't to get everyone in a room and fire off hundreds of pictures one after another. I want to sit down with everyone and witness what gets their blood pumping. That is why I am shooting everything with an old 8x10 camera. The process of shooting with this camera is long and tedious. It can be a pain in the ass sometimes, but it also allows me to spend time with these people. Each portrait takes about an hour to complete. If I were to shoot this with a digital camera, I would be in and out in 2 minutes- that's barely enough time for a handshake. My journey will consist of plane tickets, train tickets, and a lot of fuel. All that traveling calls for more than just a hello.   

The funding I am asking for will be going towards film, darkroom chemicals, and a little bit of gas money. After it's all said and done, the sheets of film will run me about $4,000, with a little leftover for traveling to everyone.  I'm going to do this the old fashioned way...like back in the day when the idea of a photograph was more than just something to post on the internet.

So what do you say? Friend Request: Accepted?

Music:

The Time to Run by Dexter Britain

http://dexterbritain.co.uk/

Risks and challenges

My plan is to take five new portraits every week. In order to finish every portrait, it will take approximately three years. Chances are, I'll run into a few speed bumps along the way. Those little setbacks may come from people needing to reschedule a shoot; or my car breaking down in the middle of nowhere, Montana. Either way, no worries-- I'll roll with the punches, making this my number one priority until it's Sundance material.

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    A big THANK YOU from yours truly...and your name in the credits of the film.

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    A signed Friend Request: Accepted postcard/thank you note from the road while we're filming, along with your name in the film's credits.

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    TWO signed 8x10 prints of your two favorite portraits, a copy of the film, a postcard from the road, as well as your name in the credits.

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    A special edition CYANOTYPE print of your favorite portrait, made by myself in the darkroom (If your favorite color is blue, you will dig this)...along with a copy of the film, and your name in the credits

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    A GIFT BASKET from the road of wherever we're filming at the time (Filled with whatever goodies I feel are appropriate, based on the city/town I'm in at the time). Along with TWO signed 8x10 prints of your two favorite portraits, a copy of the film, a postcard, as well as your name in the credits.

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    A special edition GLASS PLATE print of your favorite portrait, made by yours truly in my darkroom...along with a copy of the film, and your name in the credits.

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    A copy of a Friend Request: Accepted hardcover book as well as a special edition GLASS PLATE print of your favorite portrait...along with a copy of the film, and your name in the credits

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    Here's the big one...I will personally add you on facebook, and I will come to you to take your portrait with my 8x10 camera. You'll get a glass plate image of yourself...AND YOU GET TO BE IN THE MOVIE (so obviously you get a copy of the film and your name is in the credits).

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