If you have ventured into the city centre lately, you would be unlikely to miss several large portrait posters dotted about town. The public arts project, STREETFACE 2 features fifteen faces from the Geelong community. The images have been printed on 5m x 5m posters and placed on iconic Geelong buildings and in laneways. The images are the result of photography workshops that were held with various groups in Geelong. The concept behind STREETFACE 2 is summed up in its tagline – Uniquely Different, Essentially the Same. It aims to show the diversity in our culture but also the qualities that make us alike.
This project is one of the art events organised to coincide with the UCI Road Cycling World Championships but it is still on until 11 October. In addition to the posters around town, a massive 100 metre square poster has been placed on a rooftop featuring faces from an earlier project STREETFACE 1. If you want to see the giant poster you will need to fly over in a plane or helicopter!
If there is a STREETFACE3 perhaps the photographer(s) could be acknowledged on the posters. I was surprised that there is no acknowledgement of the photographers in the current project. Even if it is a collaborative process recognition should be given to those involved in each shot. After all, a portrait is a two-way process and says nearly as much about the photographer as it does the subject.