My name is Darius Bashar and I am a professional photographer in Toronto. The6.ME is a social experiment, inspired by Humans of New York. I wanted to find a way to capture the wild, beautiful and diverse people of the 6.
I have many initial ideas of how I want to run this experiment. I am certain those early thoughts will need to evolve and adapt once I start talking to real people.
My original concept for this site was to ask random humans in Toronto 6 questions. Each question will get progressively more intimate. Each story will be accompanied with a portrait photograph of the person answering the questions.
Honestly, I have no idea if anyone will actually answer 6 questions and let me also take their portrait. I am definitely intimidated by the thought of having to stop random strangers on the streets of a busy city like Toronto. It seems sort of crazy to open up to a random (bearded) dude with a camera.
A part of me thinks no one will stop to talk to me, let alone share intimate insights about their lives. Another part of me wants to believe that all of us have an innate desire to be seen and heard.
Only one way to find out which side is right.