ABOUT THE PROJECT

WE ARE ITHACA: a celebration in portraits. 

WE ARE ITHACA is a hosting a multi-faceted portrait project in 2017/2018 that uses the power of photography to engage diverse communities within our city in dialogue and celebration of our complex identity. At the heart of WE ARE ITHACA is the photographic portrait project carried out by Project Director/photographer Robyn Wishna, a small group of Ithaca College Park School of Communication students and volunteers. This is a project of the Community Arts Partnership made possible by a grant from the Park Foundation.
 
WE ARE ITHACA will, via a series of 20 or more portrait sessions throughout Ithaca, capture images of hundreds of Ithacans. A top priority is to represent all segments of the Ithaca community and sessions will be held in all quadrants of the city to be as inclusive as possible. People are asked to bring something meaningful to the portrait session and/or be dressed in clothing that speaks to a part of their identity, life, history. At the same time, those who are willing can share something about themselves on video. 

WE ARE ITHACA celebrates the individuals who compose our rich community. The collective results will provide an informative and inspirational visual foundation to a vibrant community celebration and a valuable historic snapshot of Ithaca to be shared with future generations. Our desire to be seen, heard, and acknowledged is powerful and will culminate with a public event next summer that seeks to maximize the visibility of the project and its participants while creating an opportunity for people to connect, share and celebrate. 

THE PORTRAIT SESSIONS–WHAT TO WEAR, WHAT TO BRING:

Come and have your portrait made!  You can come dressed however you like— dressed up fancy, in work clothes, casual clothes– it's up to you how you want to be seen and photographed.

We would LIKE YOU TO BRING AN OBJECT, something that you cherish or something THAT YOU IDENTIFY WITH. It could be a book, favorite sports item, a part of a work uniform like a shirt or hat or helmet, a family heirloom, etc.!  As long as the item is not too large (not taller or wider than you) and can be held by you, we welcome any item that helps describes who you are as a person. We love pets but we can't allow them BUT you could bring a photo of your pet if you like.  If you want to hold one child that is OK, preferably under 4 years-old. If you are unsure about what you can and cannot bring, email us at info@weareithaca.org and we will be happy to help. 

THE VIDEO – THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU MIGHT SAY ABOUT YOURSELF

After you have your photograph made, you can tell us something about yourself on video. It's another piece of the portrait project that will be exhibited next summer. WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL SHARE SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF.  It can be anything. You will be asked to "tell us something about yourself" and it could be a few sentences about your past, your present, what you love, what you are most inspired by, what you are hopeful about, what you don't like, what you regret, what you want to be when you grow up.....you get the idea. So it would be great if you THOUGHT OF THIS AHEAD OF TIME so you had some idea of what you wanted to share on video.

 

HOW CAN I GET A COPY OF MY PORTRAIT?

You will have access to a FREE digital file. The photos will be uploaded to the this website and will be available to download at no charge.

HOW LONG WILL EACH SESSION TAKE?

Each session will run for three hours at each location. Each person's session will take less than 3 minutes, so if there is a line do not worry! Either come back later or be patient, the line will move quickly. You can have more time to think about what you will say on video.

PHOTO PERMISSION FORM:

At each site we will be asking you for information such as your name, phone number and email address. You will need to have a signed photo permission form that gives the project director the right to use your photograph and video. You can download the form ahead of time  on the photo permission form tab and bring it in already filled out or get one when you come.

CAN MINORS UNDER 18 BE PHOTOGRAPHED?

Anyone between 12-18 needs a parent or guardian's signature on the permission form that you must bring. Anyone under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS?

All of the portraits will be displayed here on the website within a few weeks of each session. The video will be edited and shown in the summer of 2018. There will be a book produced with all of the portraits which will also be released in the summer of 2018 that you can purchase online. There will also be an event on the Commons this  summer! Some of the photos might also be used for promoting the project and for fundraising.