Originally posted on the Bangor Daily News
Auburn photographer gets a little help from her Facebook friends
Posted March 02, 2012, at 6:31 p.m.
Alexandra Jaksons and Ezra Rogers in Brunswick in 2011.
PORTLAND, Maine — If you were to make a map of all your Facebook friends, what would it look like? How would you organize it? By location? Gender? Age? Closeness of relationship to you? And what is a friend? What does it mean today, when the word “friend” can as much mean someone you’ve known since kindergarten as a page on a website that belongs to someone you met once, or never?
Auburn photographer Tanja Alexia Hollander has lots of friends on her Facebook page — around 800, to be exact, from Maine to New Zealand — some of whom she knows intimately and others she knows only in passing. But as Facebook sees it, they’re all her friends, regardless of circumstance, and in that spirit Hollander has set out on an ambitious project: to photograph every single friend of hers on Facebook. This work in progress is being shown in an exhibition titled “Are You Really My Friend?” at the Portland Museum of Art, running through June 17.
“I know, it might seem like a crazy thing at first,” said Hollander, a Portland native and a co-founder of the Bakery Photo Collective in the former Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook. “But it brings up so many questions about friendship, and what social media and networking does to the idea of what makes someone a friend.”