My portrait project developed from a question of “How much will I be able to learn about somebody else?” This project inspired me to question whether the experiences and memories we regard as personal, could be predicted or asked by a stranger.
I always felt that password security questions evoke interesting nostalgia and upon research, I picked out the most common security questions relevant to a place. I picked out two questions, which suggested more ambiguous answers.
- In what city were you born?
- What was the house number and street name you lived in as a child?
- In what town or city was your first full-time job?
- In what town or city did you meet your spouse/partner?
- In what town or city did your mother and father meet?
- What was the name of your elementary/primary school?
- Where were you when you first heard about 9/11?
- Where were you when you had your first kiss?
- Where did you go the first time you flew on a plane?
- Where did you go on your honeymoon?
- In what city or town does your nearest sibling live?
I used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk to collect answers from these questions and see if there are any patterns or common answers. I was able to collect 181 answers and trimmed out some, but it was not as much as I anticipated due to the short amount of collection time.
I initially thought about making a map or a visualization but Golan suggested making a book due to the amount of data I have. I wasn’t sure about the book idea at first, but I realized how having a collection of these answers can be a mesmerizing narrative as well.
Local PDF Copy: book_kisses