What is 1 to Infinity?
1 to Infinity is a portrait series that will 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?
I am happy with the portraits so far using photography. September 2017 I begin a residency with the MIT Open Documentary Lab to explore new portrait techniques. Experimentation with new collaborators and immersive technology will increase the immediacy and impact of these portraits.
How did you think of the 1 to Infinity idea?
The idea for 1 to Infinity was inspired by Hillary Clinton accepting the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States. Yup, that is what happened. I was moved by the prospect of the first woman President of the US and I was stupid with optimism. It is cringe worthy but read my post-election vent on Athena Talks.
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.
Why is that circle thing with the number everyone is holding?
In 2013, the 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. I am interested in 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.
Why is age highlighted in 1 to Infinity?
Everybody is doing it. We all age and observe others age. How is age an indication of accomplishment, legacy, and wisdom?
Why girls and women? And no boys and men?
Imagine a world where women have an equal share of power in decision making. What would that be like? To help find out, 1 to Infinity presents this distinct collection of voices and stories.
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 and New York City.
What are the shoots like?
Easygoing. 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?
Because any action that fosters reconciliation and connection is needed now. The United States is divided and becoming coarsened by a lack of understanding and listening to each other. 1 to Infinity tries to counter this trend.