The Process

In Which an Artist Discusses Making a Particular Work

Tanja Hollander, Kyle Durrie (in Type Truck)

Tanja Hollander is a Portland, Maine–based photographer who, since early 2011, has been on an epic road trip during which she’s been taking portraits of every one of her Facebook friends (some of whom she’s never met before) in their homes, where she spends the night. The portraits are stark and deceptively casual, lit with available natural light, usually shot in kitchens and living rooms. In addition to the intimate glimpse into people’s spaces, simple information is offered with each image (name, location, how they met Hollander and how long ago), which serves to underscore the sometimes tenuous nature of Hollander’s (and our) virtual associations and attachments.

—Elisa Albert

THE BELIEVER: How do you know Kyle?

TANJA HOLLANDER: She was waitressing in Portland and showing her work, and when I started showing my work, what I decided I’d do is whenever I sold a piece I’d buy a piece from a younger artist. She was the first person I bought work from: these beautiful line drawings. She introduced herself and thanked me, and we stayed in contact, and she moved to Oregon and got involved with letterpress. She wanted to convert a truck into a letterpress studio and came back to Maine to decompress and figure some stuff out. I was like, “Come over for dinner ’cause I’m also thinking about doing this travel project.” And we wound up starting our two projects at almost exactly the same time. She did a year of traveling around in the truck, teaching people letterpress, giving workshops. We kept missing each other on the road for the first year. She’s really fucking awesome: her sense of humor. I went to see her in Silver City, New Mexico, and the truck was the guest room, so I got to sleep in it. I want to say it’s a Chevy.

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Elisa Albert is the author of The Book of Dahlia and How This Night Is Different. Her new novel, After Birth, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in early 2015. She lives in Upstate New York.

Kyle Durrie (in Type Truck), Brooklyn, New York, 2011. Archival pigment print. 10 × 10 in. © Tanja Hollander. Courtesy of Carroll and Sons, Boston.

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