“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

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MJW & KC: the first mini project with colectivo473

Our first collaboration was spur of the moment and totally fun!  If you haven’t heard of the famous bet Ernest Hemingway made in the 1920’s that he could write a novel in just six words.  “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Well, it has become quite the literary epidemic.  It was featured on NPR a while back and several books have been published through Smith Magazine, bearing compilations of various themes, from famous people to teenagers.  At our first event/fundraiser I really wanted to incorporate this concept. (I also like the idea of putting people on the spot, asking them to actively participate in something rather than just watching the artists on stage.)  This idea of putting your entire life, or at least a part of yourself into only six words is challenging…but then asking people to pose with their 6 words and “own” them in front of the camera, that took guts….and let’s be honest, a few drinks.  But people participated and Mike got some very interesting shots of the diverse crowd!

The following class at Buen Pastor, the girls and I spent a half hour discussing identity, what and where it comes from.  Then I explained the 6 word novel to them, they had 15 minutes to write their versions and then 10 minutes to photograph one another.  Here are both of our versions: 6473…

the “grown” folk:

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and the girls:

My life: sad, strong and dark.  – Kassandra

The flowers, the men, are beautiful. – Daniela

My life: the stars, my family. – Diana Karol

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