This project began as a dream in my friend Buff Chace’s mind some years ago. He told me he had wanted to have a portrait exhibition of all the people he had encountered in his 20+ year quest to rejuvenate his hometown of Providence, RI.
I was excited about portraiture so I offered to work with him on the project. We initially thought there might be 30 to 40 people to photograph. We set up a portrait studio in Providence and 7 months later, we had made portraits of 122 people, all of whom had contributed in some significant way to the revitalization of Providence. At the end, we realized this list could have been so much larger because of the many additional Rhode Islanders who have done such a wonderful job of fixing up their Capitol city.
At the end of 2012, we mounted a large portrait exhibit, and published a book of the portraits (here is the link to preview/purchase). We also built a web site with a video that talks about the project–providenceportraitproject.com.
This project cemented my passion for community-based portraiture and I am actively looking for new and exciting opportunities.