Art Assignment 15: Photo a Friend - Tonja Hollander
Formal Portrait of Ben Valentine
The Art Assignment 15, which this week is given by artist Tonja Hollander, is to take a formal photograph of a friend. The friend I chose is Ben Valentine, who was in Indianapolis for just a few days — he’s in between a trip to Iceland and on to a long trip to Beijing and around Southeast Asia.
Ben is mostly nomadic these days, so I took the opportunity of his visit to photograph him in our backyard. I won’t see him again until next spring, so I wanted to take a photo of him in our backyard that had some blooming flowers.
I also wanted to show him with his phone, which will be among his primary ways to communicate for the next six months while he’s in Southeast Asia (and his phone was “Off”).