Seeking Strangers (NYC)
As an image maker, Andrew Jordan is dedicated to experimentation and exploration. Taking a song about meeting strangers on the internet from Joseph Keckler's new piece, I am an Opera, as inspiration, Jordan sought to create a series of photographic portraits of real-life internet strangers quickly and collaboratively by stripping away the pressures and formalities of more normative social interactions.
Jordan used three websites known for facilitating face to face transactions with strangers--Craigslist, Facebook and Grindr--to connect with his subjects. He worked quickly, meeting with people as soon as possible, and attempted to approach each meeting without expectations other than a desire to explore the ephemeral tension and magic of the unknown. Each participant was invited to be photographed with an object, item, or garment that represented him or her. Jordan accepted each participant's ideas and compositional suggestions, and thus each photographŒwas collaboratively composed. All portrait subjects will receive copies of their photographs.
Everything is voluntary. Let's see who shows up.