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Portraits of People Encountered Through an Online Classifieds Website

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There’s often a degree of anonymity in online classifieds, as you often don’t learn what a person looks like until you respond to their ad and meet them in person. Perth, Australia-based photographer Phil Hill has been working on a portrait project featuring the people who post listings to Gumtree, a free online classifieds website that competes with Craigslist.

The portrait subject above had originally posted an ad that said: “Rock hobbyist looking to expand small rock collection, willing to pay for good specimins.”

Hill tell us that he approaches the people by finding unique listings on the Gumtree website and then asking the poster if he or she would be interested in posing for a simple portrait.

The resulting series of photographs, titled Gumtree, shows these simple portraits alongside the original advert text.

Here are the images in the series so far:

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You can follow along with the project in this online gallery (here’s a gallery featuring just the portraits). You can also check out more of Hill’s work over on his photography website.


Image credits: Photographs by Phil Hill and used with permission