Fake It ‘Til You Make It: Artist Mixes Total Strangers to Construct Family Portraits (PHOTOS)

You might think Craigslist is a strange or seedy way to start a family, but for photographer Jamie Diamond, it was as good a place to start as any.

The New York-based artist went searching for total strangers online and in public and asked them to meet her in rented hotel rooms to carefully pose as a family.

“I am interested in the shifting paradigm of the traditional family structure and in the paradox of the familiar,” she says. “The portraits are of actual people being themselves in an entirely new context; they intuitively follow the rules of the genre and the group they form for the camera ascribes them an identity.”

The resulting photos would have been totally mundane, except you see them and realize how much these strangers actually seem like family, therefore rendering them totally fascinating. Is that all it takes to be a family — the will to bond?

Take a look at Constructed Family Portraits:

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All photos used with permission from Jamie Diamond

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