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Series I

A collection of portraits of random strangers paired with answers to questions posed by the artist.


Prentiss approached people at parks, bus stops, and even a sidewalk cafe to ask if they would participate in the project. He explained he would take their photograph from which to paint a portrait, and while doing so, he would ask them ten somewhat personal questions. Subjects were told they didn’t have to answer anything that made them feel uncomfortable. Without exception, Prentiss found their responses conveyed a sincere authenticity and an appreciation for the experience of being truly seen and heard.


At a time when connectivity seems to be a fragile or lost art, this collection dares us all to value, listen, see, hear, consider, elevate, deem worthy,  spend time with, and ultimately connect with the humanity of those around us.

Click on image to read a description and listen to audio of the subject's answers


The Questions:     

  1. What were you doing when I approached you?

  2. Did you have a favorite pet? If so, why were they your favorite?

  3. If you could snap your fingers and travel to any location on earth right now,         where would you go and what’s the first thing you’d do?

  4. Where were you when you felt safest and why?

  5. When did you last speak to your mother and how was the conversation         overall?

  6. What does the word “home” mean to you?

  7. Imagine you’re 90 years old and nearing death. What’s something you expect         you’ll regret?

  8. Can you share when you last had sex and if it was a good experience?         On two occasions, this question was replaced with: When were you most afraid         and what did you learn from that experience?

  9. What are you most looking forward to in the next 48 hours?

  10. ​What would you like to know about me?

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