Day 95 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Today we shot our 500th portrait for the Flag Mosaic only 1510 more to go!

Everyday we’re on the streets, sidewalks, in the bushes, back alleys, and in neighborhoods, working on accumulating 2010 portraits of Canadians from all walks of life. In 2010 we will be producing a massive 8×20 foot Canadian flag with these 2010 portraits, which in turn will represent the most current multi-cultural mosaic of Canada. This flag mosaic will stand as a timeless symbol of Canada at the end of the first decade of the new Millenium, and, with any luck, will travel across Canada touching the hearts and minds of thousands of Canadians.

How exciting will it be for viewers young and old alike of every nationality to stroll up to this amazing new Canadian flag and see first-hand the faces of Canada in the form of 2010 portrait? Each and everyday we approach people of various ethnic backgrounds, tell them about our flag mosaic, and 9 times out of 10 they are thrilled to be involved in such an important visual arts project and they allow us to take their portrait. We’d like to thank everyone so far who has lent their face to the flag mosaic project. To date we’ve shot over 500 portraits!



3 Responses to “Day 95 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Today we shot our 500th portrait for the Flag Mosaic only 1510 more to go!”

  1. 1 3limes
    January 8, 2009 at 12:08 am

    wow. 500 already. Love them. I have been trying to do a similar sort of thing here in Trinidad, but not as many and I find it so hard to go up to strangers! Any tips?

    • 2 CelebrateCanada2010
      January 8, 2009 at 3:23 am

      Tim’s advice is that you need to have a clear idea of what you are doing (ie. your project or objective that you can explain to them – ie. we are doing a “Canadian flag” with Canadian faces) and practice what you say. If people feel that it is important, then they may be more apt to participate.

      My advice is just to be brave and go up to them! I also get very nervous and I have trouble going up to strangers, so I have to psych myself up about it and just go and do it. I always feel a little down when they say no, but I do my best not to take it personally. Once a few people say yes and are positive, then it kind of boosts you back up and then the other “no’s” don’t matter. Keep trying! I’m sure it will be amazing!

  2. January 28, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Cool pictures of all those people. I like the ninga person.

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