The purpose of this website it to collect stories. I created the Attender Project this past summer of 2012 because I wanted learn more about the people around me in Pittsburgh and I wanted to create images based on those stories as a gift for those interviewed. Like many new projects, it has grown and changed into a new and I believe, more interesting project.
We tell stories in order for people to learn about us and relate to us. There are a number of other reasons but those two are the very basic way in which we get to know people in this world.
We create stories with the help of the people that mean the most to us. When I sat in the Farmer's Market in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh and asked people to tell me a story, ever single person told a story about someone in their life that meant the most to them. A member of their family, a teacher who influenced their life, an adventure with their friends, everyone had someone in their story that they forever share a bond with because of the events they both experienced. This idea is fascinating to me and I want to learn more about the stories we tell and why we tell them.
My goal with this site is to create portraits of the people I talk to using their own words and storytelling voice. I also hope to understand more about Pittsburgh, my adoptive home town and capture the time in which I lived in it. Other parts of this site will contain paintings and other projects that I noodle around with but the main focus will be the Collection.
If I'm doing this 'correctly' overtime you will notice the following:
- the audio quality will be improved
- the interview style will find its grove
- there will be more interviews on location outside of Pittsburgh
In the meantime, realize that this is not meant to be a professional grade interview. I enjoy the spontaneity of the environments I travel through and I think the flavor of it come across in the recording.
Want to talk with me? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org