Earlier today (okay, 30 minutes from when I’m writing this, but still) photographer Chris Floyd tweeted:
Yesterday I photographed @tomfelton for #portwit. He went to the same comp I would have gone to if I hadn’t gone to a 4th rate public school
A minute later, Mr. Felton replied:
@chrisfloyduk was nice meeting you. Looking forward to the piece. See you in G town for you annual trip back? All the best x
The hashtag #portwit is short for The Great Twitter Portrait Project Chris Floyd has undertaken. According to his website:
Those of you who follow me on Twitter may know about my plan to photograph as many followers/followees as I can over the next few weeks.
In my life now, I have Twitter and it seems to have taken the place of all that sliding around town. I have the little Tweetie thing open on my screen and as I sit at home doing all this stuff I have one eye on that. It has become like taking part in a virtual grown up school classroom while the teacher’s been called out to speak to the deputy head. But instead of it being like Facebook, which I’m not on and which seems to just be all the people you went to school with, Twitter is like all the people you wish you’d gone to school with and I thought it would be interesting to try and actually bring them together, rather than virtually bring them together. What if I tried to bring a whole load of people who only exist inside an application window on a computer screen into my actual world? This is what I’ve been doing the last 3 days and it’s been a real ride. Tying to shoot video of them, photograph them, live tweet the results whilst continuously reminding Twitter of the invite to come down to London W10 and be a part of it and then manage the reactions and find time to fit everyone into convenient time slots has been the fun part of it.
In virtualand there isn’t really any meaningful space or time. You can come and go and still collide with people when you need to. In actualand if you want everyone there at 10am on Monday then it’s got to be 10am on Monday, as simple as. Getting specific groups together for this project has been the difficult part but I’ve found that if I plead with them enough they can bend their space & time to fit the needs of the group.
If you are interested and would like to take part then Tweet me @chrisfloyduk
Mr. Floyd has since announced that Tom’s portrait should be online tomorrow. As soon as it is made availabe, we will let you know.
@lilyginny27 Will try and “get it up” tomorrow. The @tomfelton #portwit that is….. #seriousfanpressure
Aw, I’m serious fan pressure. 😉