Welcome to The Portrait Project
David Anthony Kafer’s Portrait Project came through Buffalo this summer, and I was thrilled to participate. I knew of David through a few mutual friends, and had heard about his stop here (David is from Hamburg, but travels the country with his camera) at The Pop-In. It was a pleasure meeting him in person, and in his working space. What a fascinating guy, and way talented.
The concept is simple: stop in, fill out a form and share a story, thought, idea or whatever else is on your mind. David takes a few shots of you on his signature black seamless, his lights giving your eyeballs a curious, sublime ring of white, and you’re on your way. A portrait of a person, of a neighborhood, of a city.
It’s similar to other man-on-the-street projects, notably the Humans of New York (and beyond) project. I’m glad the idea has spread and taken on a life of its own. David’s project is different, yet touches the same points: tell us your story.
You can see me in the top-left corner there, representing Block Club’s We Want Better mantra. Surrounding me are some of our local friends, whose stories inspire mine every day. Thank you, David, for inviting people in, to be documented in such a beautiful, honest way!