Talk to Strangers is a wonderful art project that documents Portland’s diverse populations through daily personal stories and photos.
Created by talented local photographer Julie Keefe, the ongoing project provides a unique peek into the lives of Portlanders of all ages and backgrounds.
Keefe was inspired by a quote from the famous poet, William Stafford: “Don't forget to talk to strangers, because if you don't, how will you learn anything?” She presents a story and a portrait of new people she meets every day. Keefe takes a photo every day – her goal is to have an art show featuring all 365 portraits in early 2016.
Keefe is Portland’s first-ever creative laureate. Created in collaboration with the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the City of Portland, the creative laureate is an artistic professional who serves as a cultural ambassador of Portland.
Check out Keefe’s Facebook page, Talk to Strangers, to see daily posts and portraits of your fellow Portlanders.
Photo courtesy of Julie Keefe.