Monday, August 29, 2011

Burdie Burd, Portland, Maine

title: Burdie Burd, Portland, Maine
date: 2010
relationship: friends, art, met through Dave Burd
years known: 0-5

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

International photography award! 2nd place in fine art portraits

2011 International Photography Awards Announces Winners of the Competition

Tanja Hollander was Awarded: 2nd place in Fine Art - Portrait category for the winning entry ""Are you really my friend? the Facebook portrait project”"

About Winner:
I am a fine art photographer based outside of Portland, Maine. I have just embarked on a project to photograph all 626 of my facebook friends in their homes all over the world.

About IPA:
The International Photography Awards is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards ceremony. The awards event will be held at the Lincoln Center in New York on October 24, 2011, before returning to Los Angeles in 2012 in celebration of the 10-year anniversary. Over 8,000 submissions from 90 countries were received for the 2011 International Photography Awards with over 70 jurors, the largest to date. The Foundation's mission is to honor master photographers, discover new and emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography. IPA is dedicated to recognizing contemporary photographers' accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition. Visit www.photoawards.com for more details.
Contact:
Tanja Hollander:
tanja@tanjaalexiahollander.com
http://www.facebookportraitproject.com

IPA Contact
Jade Tran
Competition Director
International Photography Awards
jtran@iawardsinc.com

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Jones Franzel, Jon & Nora Courtney, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

title: Jones Franzel, Jon & Nora Courtney, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
date: 2011
relationship: friends, art, met through Nat May
years known: 5-10


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Jacques Bruna (Bleubird in Freeebird), Portland, Maine

title: Jacques Bruna (Bleubird in Freeebird), Portland, Maine
date: 2011
relationship: friends, art, met through Sonya Tomlinson
years known: 0-5

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sonya Tomlinson & Jason Merritt, Portland, Maine

title: Sonya Tomlinson & Jason Merritt, Portland, Maine
date: 2011
relationship: friends, art, met through Jessica Tomlinson
years known:  Sonya 20-25, Jason 0-5

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Meggan Gould, Bob & Nola Haggerty, Brunswick, Maine

title: Meggan Gould, Bob & Nola Haggerty, Brunswick, Maine
date: 2011
relationship: friends, art, met through Meghan Brady
years known: 0-5

Meghan Brady, Gideon & Ada Bok, Camden, Maine


title: Meghan Brady, Gideon & Ada Bok, Camden, Maine
date: 2011
relationship: friends, art, met through Lynn McArdle
years known: Gideon 20-25, Meghan 10-15

Mark, Aimée, Blakey & Clay Bessire, Portland, Maine

title: Mark, Aimée, Blakey & Clay Bessire, Portland, Maine
date: 2011
relationship: friends, business (art), met through art world Portland
years known: 10-15

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Portland Press Herald sends photographer to MY house

Rather than use a self portrait for the story that is going to run in the Portland, they sent Gabe out to photograph me. A little taste of my own medicine.




Jay, Allison, Jackson & Bobby Sue Villani, Portland, Maine

title: Jay, Allison, Jackson & Bobby Sue Villani, Portland, Maine
date: 2011
relationship: friends, art, met through art world Portland
years known: 15-20

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The numbers


Rachel Perry Welty, Bruce & Asa Welty, Gloucester, Massachusetts

title: Rachel Perry Welty, Bruce & Asa Welty, Gloucester, Massachusetts
date: 2011
relationship: friends, art,  met through Dan Mills
years known: 0-5

Scott Toney & Jody Marchand, Westford, Massachusetts

title: Scott Toney and Jody Marchand, Westford, Massachusetts
date: 2011
relationship: friends, met through Emma Hollander
years known: Scott 5-10, Jody 0-5

Monday, August 15, 2011

Chris Thebodo, Orwell, Vermont

title: Chris Thebodo, Orwell, Vermont
date: 2011
relationship: friends, met through Michael Lee
years known: 0-5

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Margaret Tarmy, Putney, Vermont

title: Margaret Tarmy, Putney, Vermont
date: 2011
relationship: friends, met through Moira Greenspun Tarmy
years known: 0-5

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tom Galinat, Brattleboro, Vermont

title: Tom Galinat, Brattleboro, Vermont
date: 2011
relationship: friends, business (retail), met through Habitat for Humanity Restore
years known: 0-5

Friday, August 12, 2011

Peter Pettengill & Deborra Stewart-Pettengill, Hinsdale, New Hampshire

title: Peter Pettengill & Deborra Stewart-Pettengill, Hinsdale, New Hampshire
date: 2011
relationship: friends, art, met through Meghan Brady
years known: 5-10

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bree LaCasse, Chris Moore & Oliver LaCasse Moore, Portland, Maine

title: Bree LaCasse, Chris Moore & Oliver LaCasse Moore, Portland, Maine
date: 2011
relationship: friends, art, met through art world Portland
years known: Bree 10-15, Chris 0-5

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Adventures in Cape Elizabeth

Jon and Jones invited me over for brunch (delicious french toast and banana nut compote) and a shoot with their daughter Nora. Jon is the film programmer at Space, timber framer and carpenter and Jones works with youth radio at the Youth Center and with Public Radio.  Although we've know each other for quite awhile and I knew a lot about their house because we were both renovating at the same time (and fighting for the bargains at Habitat's Re-Store) this was my first visit to their very beautiful and super cozy home, made even cozier by the pouring down rain.   Their neighbor, Michael also stopped over and he told me about his book on people who learn languages and we chatted about his idea for a facebook project and we all chatted about all sorts of cool things that are happening in the world.











Then we braved the rain for a tour of the gardens, bees and chickens (the coop is more structurally sound than my house, I think).  This is my first garden tour of bees, but I am struck by the amount of people who have chickens.    Jones gave me a tour of the little cottage they lived in while renovating the house and proudly told me that it was furnished (including the books) from the Cape Elizabeth dump.













 
Nora feeds the chickens Kale and possibly drugs them with Poppy:

Adventures in Portland - the West End

The day started off with morning coffee and shoot with Jay and Allison and their two kids, Jackson and Bobby Sue.  Allison is an artist and teaches art (she was actually my little sisters art teacher at Portland High).  Jay owns Local 188 and Sonny's, both restaurants are Portland favorites.  I met them in the late 90's when they ran the Pleasant Street art collective across the street from me.

Then off to Mark and Aimée's and their two girls, Blakey and Clay.  Mark is the director of the Portland Museum of Art, and Aimée teaches art history, African art, and contemporary art at Bates College. They also helped to build an amazing school in Tanzania, the Africa Schoolhouse.   I was greeted with ice coffee and delicious baked goods from Standard, perfect for a day of shooting.  They gave me a tour of the beautiful house they are slowly renovating (and were kind enough to take a break from scraping and painting to sit for a portrait and catch up).  Aimée proudly showed me her dream bathroom and tub and Blakey also very proudly showed me her lego version of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater.  It took her also summer to put together and was amazing.  I also met Aimée's mom, but she somehow disappeared for portrait time.
















Then around the corner to Sonya and Jay's.  I met Sonya when she was 15 and she came to visit her sister and my friend, Jessica when were students at Hampshire College.  She is an incredible hip hop artist and poet and performs as Sontiago.  She also is a girl friday and currently works for the Maine Women's Fund as well as teaches workshops all over the State to teenagers.  This is one of my favorite videos with the kids at the Telling Room.  She is also responsible for building the strong hip hop community in Portland and brings musicians from all over the country.   When I arrived, Jacques aka bleubird was there in his tripped out van project freeebird.  He was kind enough to let me do his portrait in the van and we swapped stories of being on the road and our favorite cities and events that we had been to.  He told me about Best Friends Day in Richmond, VA which sounds amazing.  Needless to say, it has been really awesome watching Sonya grow up and turn into not only a spectacular artist but also community organizer.

It also got me thinking about finding more artists that are traveling and collaborating on different parts of the country together.  I am already talking and jumping in the letterpress truck with my friend Kyle who was an inspiration for this project.

















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