100 Strangers Project

January 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I love a challenge to push me to shoot something different.  Though I have been trying to improve on my "street photography", I have not been doing it on a regular basis.  Not long ago, I became aware of the 100 Strangers Project on flickr.  I found myself fascinated looking at all of these "strangers" and reading their stories.  The concept of walking up to a stranger and asking to take their photo intrigued me.  I've done this on several occasions prior to knowing about this project and I always thought the worst that could happen would be that the person would say "no", but then again, it is another challenge to say you will post to this site with a little story about them.

 

Along this same line is the wildly popular site called Humans of New York (HONY) by Brandon Stanton which is similar to this project but he is making money doing it as he just put out a book by the same name and it quickly sold out during the holidays.  I bought my copy just prior to that.  I love the book and the concept!  I check his website every day as he posts more portraits daily.  Check it out: http://www.humansofnewyork.com/

 

People are fascinating, and let's face it, we all have a story to tell!  Each life is unique but in our busy world, how many people really take the time to ask and then to listen?  When I started posting to the 100 Stranger Project, I used a photo that I call Cowboy Love.  I was at the lake and the sun had just gone down but there was still a lingering color in the sky.  I was about ready to pack up my gear when I saw this couple approaching me.  They appeared in silhouette and I was taken by his cowboy hat.  I took a deep breath and approached them, asking if I might take their photo and they immediately said yes.  I did not want to hold them up and only took a couple photos hoping that something would turn out.  As I prepared to shoot they struck this pose, and I liked it.  Unfortunately, since it was nearly dark, I did not get their e-mail and I did not think to give them my card.  I have since had special cards made up specifically for this purpose of shooting strangers and am always happy to e-mail a copy if they send me their e-mail address.

 

Here are a few images of the fascinating people I have met in my quest to meet and photograph 100 Strangers.  To follow along with the strangers I meet and their stories, here is the link to my project: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157637416447024/

 To follow the 100 Strangers Project on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/100strangers/


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