The project is about how our definitions of friendship change and grow or wane because of the Internet. I’m using Facebook as a vehicle to explore relationships, culture, Americana, and most importantly, portraiture in the 21st century. What started as a personal documentary on friendship and environmental portraiture has turned into an exploration of American culture and community building both on- and off-line. I have found with a little bit of effort, a tenuous online relationship can turn into a close friendship.—Tanja Hollander
In Maine based-photographer Tanja Hollander’s most recent project, Are You Really My Friend?, she has photographed almost 300 of her 678 Facebook friends in their homes from all over the world, many of whom she had never met in person before. A continued experiment and exploration, Hollander’s project is an ongoing document of herself, new friends and old.