BEFORE I DIE I WANT TO… a polaroid project by nicole kenney and ks rives

Before I Die

BEFORE I DIE I WANT TO… a polaroid project by nicole kenney and ks rives

I love finding new and creative ways that people go about creating photo art projects on the web. “Before I die, I want to…” is a project that Nicole Kennney and ks rives are working on where they take Polaroid photos of people while they are saying what they’d like to do before they die and phtographing them at this exact moment and asking them to write it down on the photo. Part art, part psychology, the project brings some of our most personal dreams and desires into human interaction.

From the Project:

Creators, Nicole Kenney (Brooklyn, NY) and ks rives (Chicago, IL) keep their Polaroid cameras close at hand, taking portraits wherever they go to add to the collection. They snap the photo while the subject is saying what they want to do before they die, getting them in the act of stating their desire. Nicole and ks then request that the subject writes his or her statement on the Polaroid starting with the words “Before I die I want to….” As the subjects are signing the release form, the artists ask them to include their email.

The website is updated continuously with new portraits.

In a number of years (five, ten, twenty, etc.), Nicole and ks will contact the participants via email to see if they have accomplished their goal, if they are on their way, or why they haven’t made steps in that direction. At this future time, Nicole and ks will ask them to write a short story next to their photo on the website about fulfilling their expressed want. Seeing online that other people are fulfilling their desires will motivate participants to complete their task and write a story of their own. “

One of the things that I like about the internet as one big art gallery is that so many projects like this can now flourish and gain exposure without the walled garden that is today’s contemporary art museum. This project has even self produced a book through Blurb. It will be interesting to watch this project progress over the years.

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