The Google definition of Sonder is : "The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed in the street, has a life as complex as one's own, which they are constantly living despite one's personal lack of awareness of it".
To see a stranger walking past you on the street and understanding that there is something so much deeper than this present moment - that they have lived a whole life full of traumas, broken hearts, perseverance, successes, best and worst days. I feel like we are so far from our collective community. We latch on to individualism - which is not a bad thing in any way - however we forget to SEE people as one with you and this earth.
I am sending about 30 disposable cameras to people from all walks of life and asking them to capture their own understanding of "vulnerability". I will have wheelchair users, trans men and women, gender non conforming, people of color, people of many religions, older people and younger - and all those in between. No matter what back ground we have ; we are all one. We share so many similar experiences no matter where we are. Some are much more extreme than others, but we have the same emotions - whether hidden deep down or flying high above the surface.
We are taught at a young age (most of us anyway) not to feel our feelings unless they are feelings of happiness. "Don't be sad" - "get over it" - "stop complaining" ... etc. Through vulnerable photos we can connect with all other people without having to verbalise our feelings.
My goal is to connect us through strangers eyes.
What I need from you:
I just graduated from AAU fine arts photography program ( yay ) and I don't have much $$ - but I need help with buying the disposable cameras and having them sent to people around the world. I have reached out to a few companies who make their own disposable cameras (large and small) and I haven't received anything back yet.
30 cameras @ about $20 each - $600
Development with digital and physical prints about $25 each $750
With the making of the book - possibly hiring a freelance designer to help with the layout - and marketing - I would be incredibly grateful to make a $3000 goal. Anything helps!!!
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