We’re all pretty used to Tumblrs chock-full of palpable images of half-naked, creamy fleshed men and women surrounded by bowls of figs, cherry blossom and thrift store rugs. Maybe one of them is casually smoking a cigarette out of a car window on a lakeside road trip, perhaps one is clutching a can of beer, wrapped in a towel after skinny-dipping, laughing into the night.
What I’m getting at is that these dewy, youthful photos make up an enormous chunk of the internet, so making a project championing them is kind of like having a small dinner party at the end of a table at a larger dinner party. It’s gotta be enticing, and it’s got to involve exactly the right people.
Curated by Lindley Warren, The Ones We Love is an online project that invites budding photographers to submit photos of their loved ones to be exhibited in an online show. To be honest, I always find the problem with a lot of sun-dappled photography projects is that I do not love the photographers’ loved ones – they’re just good looking people as far as I’m concerned.
Somehow though, and I imagine this is something to do with Lindley’s curation, The Ones We Love is not just a bunch of lifestyle shots of beautiful people in places you’ll never get to go to, surrounded by ceramics you’ll never be good enough to make (or know anyone cool enough who makes them) – it’s a celebration of the extraordinary talent that’s blossomed out of the internet of late. People like Matt Tammaro, Cait Oppermann, Stephanie Noritz and D’Angelo Williams are featured on this site among many others, and it’s a truly inspirational, simple idea for a positive, love-infused show. Nice work everyone, keep up the lurve.