#TheFrontStepsProject brings us together virtually despite being - and maybe feeling - isolated.
We aim to document this time with five-minute "Front Steps Portraits" of Rockaway residents. The proceeds from these portrait sessions will be donated to the healthcare workers who are working with those suffering from COVID-19.
With photos we seek to highlight the faces of our community during a time when we do not see them at the grocery store, in house of worship, the school gym, on the ferry or out on a Saturday night.
#TheFrontStepsProject, was started in Needham, MA on March 17, 2020 when Boston photographer Cara Soulia (@CaraSoulia) and her friend Kristen Collins, kicked off the movement. One of the photographers participating in the project, Topher Cox, is a college friend of Christine Mullally. He introduced Mullally to the idea via Facebook and she in turn asked local photographer Linda Humphrey if she would like to start #TheFrontStepsProject here in Rockaway. Humphrey enthusiastically agreed, but in order to make the project feasible, more help was needed. Rockaway Artists Alliance's Board of Directors agreed the agency would partner on the project and James Dalid and Regina Moerdyk stepped in to lend their expertise.
We may be temporarily separated, but we are always united.
We will come to you to snap fast images of your families on your front steps, in front of the doors to your apartment building or in front of your small business that is also on the frontlines during this crisis – and keeping things somewhat normal for the rest of us.
In exchange for the professional image, we ask our neighbors to donate $30 or more. All proceeds will support those working to keep us all safe. The Rockaway Artists Alliance will act as the fiscal conduit as donations are forwarded to agencies working on the frontlines of COVID-19 pandemic. Our first donation recipient will be Memorial Sloan Kettering - chosen because they are working with two vulnerable populations, those suffering from the virus and those sufering from cancer.
Interested in having your #TheFrontStepsProject portrait taken? Click on the "Get Involved" button on the top of this page to fill out and submit a form. Please allow us 24-48 hours to respond with an appointment time.
You will know when we are coming. Please be ready. You can step outside, where the photographer will be standing in the street in front of your home, more than 15 feet away. She will take a couple quick shots and leave. We physically interact with no one, and touch nothing, during these sessions.
We *do* smile and laugh with you, however, and don’t we all need a little bit of that right now?
After your quick session, we will email you a link and password to view and download the digital files of your portrait. In exchange, we ask you to make a good faith donation for healthcare workers via the Rockaway Artists Alliance’s Venmo @RAANYC or via their website https://www.rockawayartistsalliance.org/thefrontstepsproject.