What is 1 to Infinity?
1 to Infinity is a portrait series that include girls & women, every age, starting with a one year old and going all the way up to infinity.
Who is doing 1 to Infinity? Who is answering these questions?
What is the current status of 1 to Infinity?
September 2017 I began a residency with the MIT Open Documentary Lab to explore new portrait techniques. Experimentation with new ideas and collaborators will increase the immediacy and impact of these portraits. Hopefully.
How did you think of the 1 to Infinity idea?
When women have their full share of power, the possibilities for everyone will be infinite. The idea for 1 to Infinity was inspired by the Democratic Party nominating a woman, Hilary Clinton, for President of the United States. I was moved by the prospect of the first woman President of the US and I was stupid with optimism. On November 18, 2016, I wrote my reaction to the election result, now on Athena Talks. The original inspiration for 1 to Infinity remains. When women have their full share of power, the possibilities for everyone will be infinite.
Are you a feminist?
Yes. Microlenders prefer to loan money to women because women are more likely to follow through with their proposed investment and repay the money. International development agencies support of the education for girls and women leads to significant progress in a community’s overall social and economic development. When women have their full share of power, the possibilities for everyone will be infinite. At the very least, I predict there would be less suffering in the world.
What will you do during your residency at the MIT Open Documentary Lab?
The plan is to experiment with new technology to discover what enhances portraits and what does not. I am interested in combing my photography with new techniques in virtual reality, augmented reality, merged or mixed reality, artificial intelligence, 360 video, volumetric capture, vection, social VR, gaming platforms, haptics, eye tracking, embodied cognition, and rapid prototyping.
What is that circle thing with the number everyone is holding?
In 2013, the round wood, paper, and ink number holder was built at Jerard Studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It was made for the Human Pagination Project for GOOD magazine’s issue 031: Human Possibility. GOOD’s assignment for me was to find, photograph, and interview 80 people, any gender, age 1 to 80. I started 1 to Infinity repurposing these photographs. I removed the photos of boys and men, then I chose my favorites from the images of the girls and women.
What forms of media do you plan to capture?
1. Photography of subjects holding their age number and also day-in-the-life photography
2. 360 video to combine with still photography using a gaming platform for VR display.
3. Audio for voiceover. I am curious how it might be possible to capture a subject’s inner voice or a close approximation.
4. Each subject is an opportunity for prototyping and experimentation with new methods of documentation.
Why is age highlighted in 1 to Infinity?
Everybody is doing it. We all age and observe others age. How and why is age an indication of accomplishment, legacy, and wisdom?
Why girls and women? And no boys and men?
When women have their full share of power, the possibilities for everyone will be infinite. What would that be like? To help find out, 1 to Infinity.
Can anyone participate?
Yes, currently shooting in Cambridge MA. You just need to be an age that is not already included. Please contact if you are interested or have any suggestions.
How do you find and choose people for 1 to Infinity?
The most fun way is to show up in a neighborhood and talk to new people about the project at a coffee shop, community center, church, salon, town hall, etc. The goal is to include a variety of points of view, life experiences, and emotions.
When in this happening?
Currently happening in Cambridge MA. If possible, I will travel anywhere in the world to meet and include someone in 1 to Infinity.
What are the photo shoots like?
Easygoing. That is why the project will start with a day-in-the-life style photo session, in some photos the subject holds the number that is their age. If you are interested in participating, please contact me.
Why do 1 to Infinity?
When women have their full share of power, the possibilities for everyone will be infinite. And in the wake of the 2016 election, any action that fosters reconciliation and connection is needed.