Why PPE Portraits?
Background on the need for connection, especially in the current COVID-19 pandemic.
What’s a PPE Portrait?
The PPE Portrait project started during the 2014/2015 Ebola outbreak in Liberia.
PPE Portraits are postcard-sized portrait pictures worn on the body. They are most commonly disposable one-time-use stickers, but can also be laminated and reusable.
We are a group of researchers and artists committed to creating and maintaining human connection despite the difficulties of wearing masks and PPE.
Use a long lens/zoom lens A zoom lens (long lens) will allow you to put a lot of distance between you and your subject. The safety of the photographer and the subject are of paramount importance. The more you can distance, the better. Try for a 200mm lens, or at a minimum 120mm. Look for soft outdoor lighting Find a location outside that is in the shade or shoot on a cloudy day. Find a plain background You don’t want read more
We’ve been hard at work these past few months designing a reusable version of PPE Portraits. Our goals were: stands up to frequent decontamination with “black top” or other hospital-grade disinfection wipes securely affixed at top and bottom to prevent cross-contamination puncture-free attachment low gloss for easy patient visibility high photo quality off the shelf components low cost We have settled on a matte lamination design. This design affixes with off-the-shelf embedded steel plate that attache to neodymium magnets. A read more
This document is also available as a PDF: Creating PPE Portrait Stickers