45 X 45 is a wheat paste mural and community photography project in which 45 Atlanta photographers take portraits of 45 Atlanta residents – each from one of the 45 neighborhoods connected by the Beltline – and then displayed on a large scale mural installation on the one trail that connects them all.
#weloveatl strives to connect the people of our city to tell authentic photographic stories of the city we love. For a long time, we’ve wanted to connect the talented photographers of the #weloveatl community individually with residents of Atlanta to foster an even more intimate kind of visual storytelling through portraiture. The Beltline connects 45 neighborhoods – but more importantly, it connects the people in those neighborhoods. With 45 X 45, we will connect 45 Atlanta photographers each with a single resident from one of the 45 in-town neighborhoods connected by the Beltline. We will print all 45 portraits in partnership with the international participatory mural project The Inside Out Project, and then wheat paste them as a large 13.25 foot by 45 foot mural along the Beltline (or several smaller murals if a larger mural is not logistically feasible). We will also post a written story from each portrait online, to foster the narrative story behind each portrait.
For us, the final mural is an amazing artifact of an even greater work of art, which happens as we take Atlanta photographers out of their own neighborhood and into another. It’s about connecting and showing the many faces of Atlanta – what makes us all different, but even more importantly, what makes us all the same.
Become a Group Leader by organizing an Inside Out Action in your community. Gather 50 or more participants that stand behind a message you are passionate about and paste your portraits in your community.