As my senior year independent art project at Carleton College in 2019, I photographed thirty-six people as they each answered a different question about themselves. The questions come from a psychological study in which the organizers attempted to generate closeness, or love, between two strangers by having them answer a set of thirty-six specific questions together. Some questions I’m asking are different than the questions from the study, such as numbers twenty-five and thirty-one. The questions from the study are meant to be answered in pairs, and some questions are written so that both partners answer together. Because I was not anyone’s “partner” but rather the photographer, I modified certain questions so that they were directed only towards one person but still in line with those from the study.
In this unique photo book, a reader will see the participants’ motions and emotions that they expressed during the interview in the portraits, and they will also be able to read the participants’ answers to each question. My hope is that reading this book can generate a sort of closeness between the readers and the anonymous-looking strangers included inside it.