For his series Portraitlandia, photographer Kirk Crippens took to the streets of Portland, Oregon to snap pictures of residents. Says the artist of naming the series:
At the end of my Newspace [Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon] residency, I had the pleasure of presenting the images during an artist talk. I posed a question to the audience before showing the work: “What’s the worst title you can think of for a portrait project made in Portland?” My answer was Portraitlandia. Ironically, after my slideshow a group of Portlanders began insisting I name the project Portraitlandia; I resisted (hadn’t I just proclaimed this to be the worst title?) But they were quite insistent! They told me it was what I had created. I had created Portraitlandia.
A gallery is here.
(Photo by Kirk Crippens)