Imaginary Friends & Family: Warsaw Portraits

To Warsaw. With Love.
To Warsaw. With Love.

Notice me. I am here. I exist. In this moment, I am real. Efforts to stave off loneliness when one is in fact alone, selfies represent desires to share and connect. They are both document of and testament to hope. Absent from selfies is the community, both real and imagined, that the photographer reaches out to. “Imaginary Friends & Family: Portraits” includes this community in the frame as a move to say not just Notice me. I exist. but, more importantly, to claim I am here with you. In this moment, we are real together.

BFFs 4Ever!
BFFs 4Ever!
Good-time Charlie Made Me Do It.
Good-time Charlie Made Me Do It.
Papa’s Gonna Buy You a Mockingbird
Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home
Happy Birthday Dear [Ashley] Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Dear [Ashley]
Happy Birthday to You
My Sugar Daddy Says Love Is a Drive Not an Emotion
My Sugar Daddy Says Love Is a Drive Not an Emotion
In the Company of Saints
In the Company of Saints
Be Happy.
Be Happy.
Warning: Please Do Not Feed Animals from Your Mouth.
Warning:
Please Do Not Feed the Animals from Your Mouth.
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Nobody Likes My New Boyfriend.
Girls Night Out.
Girls Night Out.
Home for the Holidays.
Home for the Holidays.

This photo-text series was hatched in a spirit of play on my walk home late one Warsaw night in November 2013, and I continued to add to it as I encountered imaginary community in the shop windows and on the billboards and kiosks I pass in my everyday travels…until it became too warm to wear a hat.

The series was featured on January 13, 2014 in Hyperallergic’s “I, Selfie” series by Alicia Eler: “Watching the Selfie Olympics.”

10 thoughts on “Imaginary Friends & Family: Warsaw Portraits

  1. Barbara McCaskill

    I love the poses, and your titles are very clever and inspire thought. I hope it’s warming up a little bit in Warsaw now that we are on the other side of the winter solstice.

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