Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does We Are Everyone mean?

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  • What is the purpose of We Are Everyone Project?

We Are Everyone Project hopes to awaken a common sense of unity, whilst celebrating human diversity.

In the wake of global trends towards actions and ideas that are opposed to harmony within humanity, We Are Everyone Project seeks to act as a reminder of our collective commonality of purpose, and the strength to be found within a united human community.

  • What is the process behind We Are Everyone Project?

Meeting, photographing and engaging with individuals and communities, then distributing the results to the wider world.

We Are Everyone Project works by meeting, photographing and engaging with individuals, communities, societies and humanity, whilst utilising commonly accessible ways of distributing images and opinions of the people that it highlights, who are chosen as representatives of humanity.

  • What is the purpose of the ‘question – answer’ element of each We Are Everyone Project portrait – interview?

Each person that is photographed is asked a seemingly simple question.

“Why is _______ important?”

The words / concepts that are in question are Home, Love, Trust, Happiness, Hope and Freedom.

By collecting the views of people from a wide variety of communities, faiths, ethnic groups, the hope is to highlight common ground, therefore breaking down boundaries that are in place because of assumptions.

‘Why’ is a fundamental question that can be used to not only find the opinions about individuals, but is a way of questioning our collective understanding of long held beliefs.

  • Why are the ideas behind We are Everyone Project relevant now?

This moment in history calls for a fresh set of images, to stop the rising tide of hate and fear, that is working to divide humanity. At a point in time when apathy towards the sufferings of our neighbours, is combined with increasingly unforgiving policies enacted by the developed world, we need to be reminded of our underlying humanity.

We Are Everyone Project intends to counterbalance these negative feelings and emotions by showing the beauty of diversity and the power of our connection to each other.

  • What was the initial inspiration behind We Are Everyone Project?

2016 saw a flood of world events that appeared to suggest that humanity was asleep at the wheel. Attacks upon innocent groups, notably in Nice, Belgium, Pakistan and Orlando, the rise of the ‘Alternative Right Wing’ sentiment, Brexit, ‘Fake News’ and 2016 being recorded by NASA as the hottest year on record, were some of the depressing events of the year.

Despite all the atrocities and far reaching negatives of 2016, it is still true to say that on a daily basis humanity unfailingly displayed acts of kindness and love to one another.

This is invariably limited to people who already share a sense of community. Making a conscious choice to piece together shared ideas of localised community cohesion, is the first step in eroding the myth of one group of human beings being superior to another.

We Are Everyone Project believes that we can rise up together and realise our communal potential.

  • Is We Are Everyone Project politically motivated?

We Are Everyone Project is NOT aligned to any single political ideology or party.

We Are Everyone Project supports both mainstream and grass-routes initiatives that enable a multi-cultural idea of community, locally, nationally and internationally, which includes the recognition of equal rights of all, regardless of age, sex, sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality or religious and political affiliation.

We Are Everyone Project is NOT aligned to, but is interested in engaging with organisations (religious or secular) that curb the rights of individuals, and will actively seek to foster the voice of individuals to assert commonly accepted rights.

  • Is We Are Everyone Project religiously motivated?

We Are Everyone Project is NOT aligned to any single religious ideology, faith or denomination.

We Are Everyone Project supports both mainstream and grass-routes initiatives that enable a multi-cultural idea of community, locally, nationally and internationally, which includes the recognition of equal rights of all, regardless of age, sex, sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality or religious and political affiliation.

We Are Everyone Project is NOT aligned to, but is interested in engaging with organisations (religious or secular) that curb the rights of individuals, and will actively seek to foster the voice of individuals to assert commonly accepted rights.

  • Who is We Are Everyone Project?

We are a small team of two.

We Are Everyone Project was originally started as a simple photographic project by artist, maker, designer and photographer Benjamin Matthews, being developed throughout 2016 into a long term initiative and project. To read more about Benjamin please click HERE.

Ongoing design and project management support is provided by designer and illustrator Julia Kwinto. To read more about Julia please click HERE.

  • Where is We Are Everyone Project based?

We Are Everyone Project is based in London, England, but we hope to be present everywhere.

  • Who are chosen to be the subjects of We Are Everyone Project, and why?

Subjects are chosen in one of two ways.

Most are spontaneous photographic portraits taken on the street, with the individuals permission.

Alongside this a program of pre planned portraits are taken, of specifically selected individuals who represent a particular section of society.

  • What are the future plans of We Are Everyone Project?

An organic approach to the development of We Are Everyone Project is being followed. Therefore initially, activity is concentrated within a local area (London and surrounding counties).

In time the intention is to widen activity to include a cross section of the United Kingdom, with an eye on future development including an international, truly ‘everyone’ nature to the project.

  • How can I get involved with We Are Everyone Project?

The simplest way to get involved in We Are Everyone Project is to engage on-line.

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Like, Share, Discuss, these are the primary ways in which you can be an advocate for the kind of values expressed by We Are Everyone Project, whilst enjoying the visual journey.

Signing up to the We Are Everyone Project monthly newsletter is a way of staying in touch.

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If you have a specific idea about how you or your organisation might engage with We Are Everyone Project, to mutual benefit please email so that we can discuss your ideas.

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  • How can I support We Are Everyone Project?

All ways in which you can support the work of We Are Everyone Project are described on the SUPPORT page.

Any creative endeavour takes time, dedication and often equipment, all of which requires financial support to successfully culminate in an end result that has meaning.

Simply travelling from one side of London to the other to photograph a subject has an inevitable cost, and so I humbly ask you to skip that cup of coffee or snack bar and donate a small sum via PayPal towards the ongoing cost of bringing We Are Everyone Project to the world.

Another way of supporting We Are Everyone Project is to make a regular payment in support via Patreon, a safe online method of supporting its creative freedom, as well as adding a sense of financial stability that will enable future development. As little as £1 or $1 per month can be put to vital work, with tailored benefits to long term supporters.

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Please look out for Crowdfunding opportunities to support specific aspects of We Are Everyone’s activities.

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Signing up to the monthly We Are Everyone Project newsletter is an easy way to keep informed.

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  • How can I contact We Are Everyone Project?

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Alternatively get engaged online, join the We Are Everyone Project community.

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  • Does We Are Everyone Project have a downloadable Press Release?

Yes, yes it does.

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  • My photo is featured on We Are Everyone Project, can I get a copy?

All images are the intellectual property of We Are Everyone Project, all rights are reserved and no image can be used without direct authority from We Are Everyone Project. Please contact using the email contact page to discuss the image in question.