Well on the way to reaching 10k goal

ONE man's goal to photograph 10,000 Tasmanians has passed the halfway point.

Manabu Kondo set himself the challenge in June to photograph the faces of 10,000 Tasmanians in a one-year period.

Last Tuesday he had snapped 5044 people for his community project and he hopes to garner support in the North and North- West of Tasmania to help complete his task.

Kondo said every face he had photographed was beautiful.

He has taken photos of people of all ages, at markets and in shopping centres.

"In one year I take 10,000 people, it means I have to take 20.74 people every single day," Kondo said.

"This is already halfway through and just looking at so many faces is always just making me smile and it makes me happy because every single face is so beautiful," he said.

"Nothing ugly, nothing bad, I don't know their name, their background ... this person has meaning to live in the world, and I strongly realised that anybody can make somebody happy."

Kondo said he first had the idea to capture many people on photographic film within a set time period years ago.

He said he completed a similar project in his home town in Japan, Sapporo's Hokkaido Prefecture, of 100 people.

"I had really good inspiration and lots of positive energy and I enjoyed it a lot, and then I decided that I really should do something like this but on a larger scale," Kondo said. "I believe it is going to be [a] very important archive of Tasmania."

Mr Kondo referred to the prison portrait shots of Tasmanian convicts that exist in the heritage archives.

"I'm sure they think at the time `why they take photograph' but after a few hundred years the photos are saved and are very special," he said.

Kondo said he hoped to eventually exhibit the photographs through photo projection on a building or on a wall in the city, and make a photo book of the collection.

He said he would love to visit some of the regional areas and towns and capture the faces of farmers, fishermen and rural characters that live in small towns.

This would be best organised with groups of people who could meet at the same time and place, to enable Kondo to photograph them.

•To see where Kondo is next, visit www.facebook.com/ tasmania.10k.people.project. If you would like to organise a photo session for your community email tas10kpeopleproject@gmail.com.

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