About this project
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?
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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