Photos by Heather Schellenberg and Kelly Hofer

"Everyone on the internet? They're not having as great a time as you think they are.”

- Portlandia

Project Name:

The Honesty Experiment

Project Type:

Performance, Design

Project Descriptor:

Behind-the-scenes art shoot and story

In answer to the relatively new phenomenon of edited happiness that people either intentionally or unintentionally present on social media, Zoë and Steve undertook a lengthy photo shoot to give balance the many other sides of public life on film. Heather Schellenberg and Kelly Hofer shot a series of personal and artistic portraits throughout the afternoon that reflected a combination of mellow, depressed, bored, angry, panicked, calm, and sad emotions within the backdrop of a newly derelict Museum of Contemporary Art.

This post is for anyone that feels alone. Anyone that feels like they are somehow falling behind everyone else. The New Year can be a great time for exciting beginnings, but it can also be a time to reflect on the failings in our lives – resolutions are, in many ways, a double-edged sword. We don’t want anyone to feel alone, especially you. This is our tribute to that unseen side of life that gets edited out of social view.

The finished project was published in three parts. Links to the complete text and photo gallery of each are available below.

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Photographers

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Subjects

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Hours

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Zoë

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Steve (Part 1)

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Steve (Part 2)