Introducing a film and photography collection brought to you by Portion

What is identity? Why do we attach meaning to people, places, and moments? How do appearances, beliefs, and expressions influence our perceptions of the world? Do our interpretations of these things and our selves evolve over time?

It feels like questions like this should have simple, straightforward answers, however, it can be tricky to articulate these pronouncements into words. As photographers and filmmakers, you have the unique ability to communicate on a layer deeper than words.

So we ask you, please guide us in understanding what identity is, through the perspective of your lens.

Share visuals of the people, places, and moments that shape our identities. This can be photographs of individuals from your private life, portraits of public icons, pictures that capture moments of action on the street, time-lapse videos of scenic landscapes, a close-up film of a spoken word poem - or anything visual that helps shed light on what it means to exist as a curious human being.

Show us moments of serenity, vulnerability, despair, and every other emotion you can think of. Help us explore our individual identities and that of our networks as a community. Let’s discover together.

Cover art by Oliver Ojeil

Artist Open Call

Submit artwork by April 25, 2022 by minting it on Portion (via Ethereum or Palm) and tagging it under the Photography collection. We will curate a selection of the pieces that are submitted to be exhibited in Portion's Decentraland Museum.

Guidelines for the Open Call

  • There is no limit to the number of pieces that you can submit to the open call, but please do note that each piece needs to be submitted as a separate piece
  • Pieces need to be submitted by April 25, 2022 to be considered for Decentraland. We kindly ask you to respect this deadline as we will not be able to guarantee that pieces that are submitted after the deadline will be considered for the exhibition
  • For further questions please contact or drop a message in the #help-desk channel in Discord

Meet the Artists in the Collection

Oliver Ojeil

Meet Oliver Ojeil: a Los Angeles based film director & fashion/celeb photographer. Through his photography, he yearns to evoke emotions of melancholy and nostalgia, often through the mixture of dramatic chiaroscuro lighting and highly emotional expressions and postures, which he combines with his use of light and color temperature in dramatic ways that intensify the moment. He is highly influenced by classical paintings, especially the Renaissance and Italian masters. He often strives to modernize the application of the studies he has done on the renaissance in his cinematic and photographic work. Oliver’s work has been exhibited internationally in various cities and his most recent short film "Take Me In Your Arms" has been an international success at film festivals.

Ward Roberts

Ward Roberts is an independent conceptual artist who creates exquisitely composed photographs drawing on themes such as the effects of loneliness and isolation in the modern world.

The artist’s perspective is fresh and engaging, the sophisticated aesthetic are often contradicted by subtle unscripted moments. A soft drenched color pallet is a common theme. There is innate energy at the core of his work, one which is harnessed and marshaled into every detail in the composition. Roberts’ work is in many ways a rebuttal of the prevailing trend of urban, gritty style contemporary photography. There is a dichotomy at play in his fine art images which simultaneously recall the mastery of medium and calculated patience of remote academic painters, yet his subjects and presentation feel completely new and contemporary.

Jeremy Cowart

Jeremy Cowart has spent the past 15 years as a photographer, specializing in celebrity portraiture and humanitarian photography projects around the world. Before becoming a photographer, he spent time as both an abstract painter and a graphic designer. All of these mediums recently came together when Jeremy released his first NFT series called "Block Queens", which combines his paintings, portraits and drawings together as fully interactive NFTs. The body of 999 NFTs sold out in seconds in February of 2022. Jeremy is now focused on many upcoming drops, spanning 1/1s and generative work.

Galen Oakes

Galen Oakes is a photographer, visual creative, and entrepreneur. His work captures moments in a distinct, vibrant pantone of colors populated by subversive subjects in surrealist worlds. His portfolio features iconic imagery captured over a 15-year career on the moon-like deserts of Burning Man and the world’s biggest stages at Coachella, along with provocative, surrealist fashion spreads, and intimate portrait work with the likes of Freddie Gibbs for Mixmag.

Brandt Ryder

Brandt Ryder is a landscape and nightscape photographer based out of Colorado. His photographic approach is focused on high dimensionality landscape and nightscape images that create strong emotional, even visceral, responses for viewers. Ultimately, Brandt hopes that his photography can serve as a medium to inspire others to conserve, protect, and appreciate the wild places and dark skies left on earth.

Jamie Johnson

Jamie Johnson is a photographer specializing in children documentary projects and well as wet plate collodion photography. As a mother and documentary photographer whose bread and butter comes from photography, Jamie's passion for faces of the next generation has been a life long focus. She has traveled the world, capturing images of children and childhood around the globe. From Laos to Cuba, from the Amazon to Mongolia, around the world and back, she has found a universality in the world of children, and her passion grows stronger with each new adventure. The lifestyles, cultures, and traditions of growing up around the world are closely examined in her photos, and each connection she makes with her young new subjects creates lifelong friendships with the families.

Ante Badzim

Based in Sydney, Ante Badzim is an award-winning exhibiting artist creating visuals that showcase the finer details with a minimal approach. Leading him to create digital & print content for global brands, galleries, art agencies, and diverse publications.

"My approach is to show the true beauty of the subject, where it demands attention by introducing space and minimising distractions. The simplest of things, when isolated, can represent something beautiful. What we take for granted often seems to be the most important, when I bring attention to these simple elements, it can function as a reminder to truly appreciate our surroundings.

The fine details and primitive experiences are becoming rare in contemporary life. I want to celebrate the beauty that is overlooked by creating visuals that offer moments of reflection and appreciation."

Erin Naifeh

Erin Naifeh: "I have always been a wanderer. I’m curious, imaginative and seek depth. I see the magic in life and connect with spirit. Although I love talking about the many layers of life, I could win an award for being a great listener. My intention as an artist is to be an excellent vessel."

Dane Isaac

Dane Isaac, a commercial, portrait and street photographer focuses on the usage of light and storytelling.

Hailing from the Isle of Spice, Grenada, a country with a fascinating history and deep culture. His upbringing has shaped his view on the world and how it is then translated through his work.

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