One of my goals this year is to learn more about portrait photography. Some time ago, I heard about an interesting project where photographers take pictures of random strangers (with permission) on the street.
I found this to be a very clever concept. However, I also realized that convincing a total stranger to take their picture could be a daunting task. I filed this idea under “later” and thought about it off and on without any real gusto to get the project started.
I’ve given real thought about the benefits of starting this project and I’ve finally gotten up the courage to give it a shot!
What I hope to get out of the project:
1) To grow in a different genre of photography!
2) Even if I have no clue about what I’m doing, it will encourage me to learn more about taking portraits.
3) It will help me get out of my comfort zone (I’m definitely a ” in the background” kind of girl.)
4) It will be an opportunity to meet amazing people and hopefully learn their stories.
I’ve decided to call my project “100 Beautiful Strangers”. I believe that there is beauty in the human spirit and that each person is beautiful and unique! I hope to capture that beauty in my photos. My goal is not racing to get 100 photos…the ultimate goal is to learn by doing.
Meet my first stranger, Deck! My encounter with Deck actually encouraged me to jump into the project. While I was out shooting pictures, he asked me if I could take his photo and I said “yes” without hesitation. I guess that you can say that I was given some slack with Stranger #1. There was no fear of rejection and I met someone who was excited about a total stranger taking their photo! 🙂
A big thanks to Deck for fueling my energy to begin the project!