Friday, September 27, 2013

Galen Richmond + Tanya Whiton, Portland, Maine


title: Galen Richmond + Tanya Whiton, Portland, Maine
date: 2013
relationship: friends, art, met through old school Portland
years known: Tanya 20-25; Galen 10-15

Mo, Parnell, Maeve, Grace, Siobhan Terry, Gorham, Maine



title: Mo, Parnell, Maeve, Grace, Siobhan Terry, Gorham, Maine
date: 2013
relationship: friends, met through Chicky Stoltz
years known: 5-10

Emilia Dahlin + Aaron Frederick, Gorham, Maine


title: Emilia Dahlin + Aaron Frederick, Gorham, Maine 
date: 2013
relationship: friends, art, met through art world Portland
years known: 15-20

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Installation images from Center for Maine Contemporary Art













Opening reception: Saturday, September 28, 4-6 pm

September 28-December 1, 2013, Lecture: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Hawk & Handsaw: Twenty Who Know the Difference
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell Ave,  Rockport, Maine 04856 (207) 236-2875

Chanelle Irakoze, Portland, Maine


title: Chanelle Irakoze, Portland, Maine
date: 2013
relationship:  family, little sister
years known:  0-5

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Willow+Foris Williams, Gorham, Maine


title: Willow+Foris Williams, Gorham, Maine
date: 2013
relationship: friends, family friends, met through Toby and Lucky Hollander
years known:  25-30

Erin Dow, Winthrop, Maine


title: Erin Dow, Winthrop, Maine
date: 2013
relationship: friends, met on Facebook via Alex Steed
years known:  0-5

Monday, September 23, 2013

Jordan + Lauren Posamentier, Sacramento, California


title: Jordan + Lauren Posamentier, Sacramento, California
date: 2013
relationship: friends, met through Amanda Hollander
years known: Lauren 10-15, Jordan 0-5

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Libby, Dean, Elise + Bryce Stoddard, Overland Park, Kansas


title: Libby, Dean, Elise + Bryce Stoddard, Overland Park, Kansas
date: 2013
relationship: friends,met at Wade IGE Elementary School
years known: Libby 30-35, Dean 0-5

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sherry Browning + Ray Adamson, St. Louis, Missouri


title: Sherry Browning + Ray Adamson, St. Louis, Missouri
date: 2013
relationship: friends, family friends, met through Mary Anne Sedey
years known: Sherry 30-35, Ray 20-25

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Shout out from Metro


Published in Mexico City, Toronto, Paris and Brooklyn

Shout out from El Nuevo Dia


Shout out from Primera Hora


Shout from nosabesnada


Shout out from Cuatro


Shout out from viaje diario


Rebecca, Jai, Jaya + Asa Kasthuri, Judy Anderman + Kathy Davenport, Chesterfield, Missouri

title:  Rebecca, Jai, Jaya + Asa Kasthuri, Judy Anderman + Kathy Davenport, Chesterfield, Missouri
date: 2013
relationship: friends,family friends,  met through Toby and Lucky Hollander
years known: Rebecca, Judy + Kathy 35-40; Jai 0-5

Shout out from El Comercio


Shout out from hlntv.com


Shout out from Digital Trends


Shout out form sho + tell


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pam Voison, St. Louis, Missouri


title:  Pam Voison, St. Louis, Missouri 
date: 2013
relationship: friends, met through Sarah Voison
years known: 25-30

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Caitlin Winn, Atlanta, Georgia

title: Caitlin Winn, Atlanta, Georgia
date: 2013
relationship: friends, art, met through Nat Hammatt
years known: 20-25

Monday, September 16, 2013

Marni Shindelman, Athens, Georgia


title: Marni Shindelman, Athens, Georgia
date: 2013
relationship: friends, art met on Facebook via Nate Larson
years known: 0-5

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Tania Allen, Todd, Owen + Calvin Berger, Raleigh, North Carolina


title: Tania Allen, Todd, Owen + Calvin Berger, Raleigh, North Carolina
date: 2013
relationship: friends, met at Wade I.G.E. Elementary School
years known: Tania 30-35, Todd 5-10

Friday, September 13, 2013

Beth, Sean, Gus & Mac Tremblay, Williamsburg, Virginia


title: Beth, Sean, Gus & Mac Tremblay, Williamsburg, Virginia
date: 2013
relationship: friends, met through old school Portland
years known: 20-25

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Jenny + Grady Allen, Shepherdstown, West Virginia


title: Jenny + Grady Allen, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
date: 2013
relationship: friends, art, met at Hampshire College
years known: 20-25

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Julia Stutts, Jeff, Zoe + Conrad Schweiger, Miami Beach, Florida


title: Julia Stutts, Jeff, Zoe + Conrad Schweiger, Miami Beach, Florida
date: 2012
relationship: friends, art, met on Facebook via  Sura Levine
years known: 0-5

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fundraiser #3 - Picture of the week - $25



Every Monday, I will offer a precious little 3x3” archival inkjet print from one of my adventures. 

Not only do they make great additions to your living room, they also make great gifts. Every purchase will enable the arduous journey ahead - to sort through over 15,000 images, scan film and write about my 4.5 months on the great American road trip. 

The first week they will be $25, after that they will be $50. 

Not interested in the loot, but want to make a tax deductible donation?  Are you really my friend? is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Are you really my friend? must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.   Click here and donate away!

Matt Argondizza, Miami Beach, Florida


title: Matt Argondizza, Miami Beach, Florida
date: 2012
relationship: friends, art, met through old school Portland
years known: 20-25

Friday, September 6, 2013

vote for us!

Taking Risks for Great Social Storytelling



Dan Fletcher was Facebook's managing editor and the co-founder of BEACON, and Tanja Hollander has been traveling the country photographing each of her Facebook friends as part of a photography project, "Are You Really My Friend?" Together, they'll discuss how artists and creatives take social media platforms to interesting limits -- and why brands, artists, musicians, journalists and non profits should follow their lead.

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The story of how I met Dan and how he met me is worth telling:

When I was planning my trip across country to photograph + lecture last fall, I decided that I wanted to talk at Facebook Headquarters. It’s not easy to get anyone who works there to e-mail you back, actually it’s not easy to even find an e-mail address. I spent months doing research on who to contact, uploaded forms, submitted ideas.  I almost applied for jobs, and instead of uploading my resume, I planned to upload my project statement.  All of this to no avail.  One day, I realized I was going at it wrong.  I started following the people who posted on the various official Facebook pages.  Then  I followed them on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc.   I noticed they would “check in” at HQ.  So then I went on Foursquare and started following everyone who checked in, and the people they followed.   Somehow, I saw a group holiday party picture that close to 50 people were tagged in.   It was a gold mine. I followed all of them.  I made lists of who everyone was.   Then I started liking all of their posts, re-tweeting them, commenting here and there.   My theory was, at some point, someone will ask the question “who is this woman liking all my posts?”

People who work in social media post a lot.  It got kind of exhausting, because I felt weird liking or re-tweeting something I actually didn’t like or didn’t read.  But I was obsessed.  Talking to my sister one night, I referred to them as my colleagues.   She bluntly said they were not my colleagues and I was super creepy.

As it turns out, my plan was a bit of a failure.   I did end up at Facebook HQ, but it wasn’t because I was stalking their employees on social. It was through the more traditional method, of my friend Kyle introducing me to the right person, Drew, at the right time.   My plan wasn’t a total failure, though.  After my lecture, Dan came up and introduced himself.  “Oh,” I said “so nice to meet you, I think I follow you.”  He looked right at me, and said “Yes you do.”  I realized in that moment, I was busted and slightly embarrassed.  I didn’t have a plan of what to say when someone called me out, let alone in real life.  At Head Quarters. 

Luckily he was amused, and we became real friends, and started a really interesting email/skype/gchat/fb conversation about story telling and social media. At one point in our many back and forths, he dubbed me a "relationship hacker."  I couldn’t be more honored with the title.  He doesn’t like to brag, but he has a pretty spectacular resume and I’m super excited to (hopefully) share the stage at SXSW.  We are continuing our banter publicly on twitter.  Find us at @tanjahollander + @danielfletcher or through the hashtags #heydan + #heytanja.

Dan's version of the story is pretty good too.
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