Connecticut-based photographer/filmmaker, Ty Morin will be spending the next couple years traveling to visit each and every one of his 788 Facebook friends in order to take their picture and complete a hugely creative art project. Ty will be shooting everything with an old 8×10 camera and spending a lot of time getting to know them in order for the portrait to be truly meaningful. He will also be cataloguing the experience in a documentary.
“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.
To do all this, Ty is crowd-funding the project on Kickstarter. Visit the fundraising page and help him out. As a bonus for our readers, here’s some more about Ty and his passionate journey as a creative artist:
How did you get started as an artist?
About three years ago I bought my first camera because I was going on a roadtrip (cliche, I know) to Montreal. After that, I fell in love with photography, left my major after four years of Physical Therapy school, and crammed four years of art school into a year and a half.
What about your art do you feel is unique and special?
I love to make things very difficult for myself…in a good way. If something I’m creating is too easy, I will go out of my way to make it more complex.
Toni Figuredo, one of Ty’s Facebook friends
Where do your ideas (like this one) come from?
I could write you some deep, intellectual, bullshit answer…but I really don’t have a clue. As all artists know, when you have a creative mind, things tend to just pop up out of the blue.
Describe your process of creating a piece.
I do a lot of planning before I actually go out and start photographing and filming. Not necessarily to have a strict plan as to what I’ll be shooting, but to make sure I’m passionate about what I’ll be making. If you aren’t passionate about your own idea, why would anyone else care?
Ryan Niedmann, one of Ty’s Facebook friends
Describe an ideal vision of your life in five years.
I would love to get my project I’m currently working on into Sundance Film Festival. It’s a huge goal, but I don’t think it is out of the question. What is the point of not going as big as you possibly can?
Who are some other artists who inspire you?
Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison…so much so that they’re tattooed on me.
Justin McGregor, one of Ty’s Facebook friends
What music inspires you when creating?
Bon Iver, Twenty One Pilots, Mumford, nothing crazy. I won’t rattle off 100 bands like this is a MySpace profile.
What has been the secret to your success so far?
I said it before, but I think it is key that you are truly passionate about the work you make. If you’re not going to give a shit about your own work, why should other people?
Tania Mejia, one of Ty’s Facebook friends
Give our audience some advice about living a creative life.
You don’t have to take the whole starving artist route. Apparently it’s cool to eat one meal of soup a day. Personally, I enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. AND…I still fit into my skinny jeans. Live with your parents for a year. It’s ok to sell out sometimes and shoot a wedding because you need the cash. It allows you to do what you love on your own time.