@whitehouse, 3 Aug via web RT

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Lori Hepner
@whitehouse, 3 Aug via web RT, 2011
from the series Status Symbols

The series Status Symbols redefines what we know as "portrait photography" by transforming 140 character updates from Twitter into a still photograph. I created these abstract portraits with spinning LEDs that translate the words into flashing bursts of light through custom created hardware and software.


This piece "@whitehouse, 3 Aug via web, RT @LeftyTWS15  #WHChat what's the hold up on the FAA contract?was created in August 2011.  In this image, the grouping of individuals that I was exploring, was expanded to the “Top100” tweets.  @whitehouse was ranked at the #100 spot, based on it's number of followers.  It intrigued me that, what is essentially a building, was converted into a powerful symbol of democracy, and that it was interacting with individuals over social media, as if it too, was a person.


The 10 tweets that I photographed from this day were a part of a #WHChat hashtag on Twitter, where individuals were directly interacting with @whitehouse.  This portrait is of both the questioner and respondent, since it is a re-tweet.  @whitehouse might have been a roomful of summer interns, a government worker, or maybe it was from the President of the United States himself. 


This ongoing series is no longer about photographic portraiture that relys on the gaze, and instead looks at mapping self-identity through the lens of social media updates from larger than life personalities, corporate entities, and ordinary individuals. 


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