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Nathan

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DSCF0689Nathan is the 91st stranger in my project. He had just gotten off his vintage motorcycle in downtown Los Angeles. I always wanted to photograph someone with a bicycle or motorcycle helmet on. The exchange was very pleasant and he let me take a couple of shots.

 

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May 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Meg

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DSCF0656Meg is the 89th stranger in my project. I saw her hair from across Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, CA. I was about to cross the street when she started crossing the street towards me. I waited and approached her for a portrait. She reluctantly said yes but looked completely at ease in front of the camera. She described herself as impatient and indecisive. Sometimes it is hard to approach more than one person, but Meg’s friend was understanding of the project.

 

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May 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Marco

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DSCF0653Marco was the 88th stranger in my project. He was sitting with some friends on Abbot Kinney blvd in Venice, CA. He looked intimidating but was very jovial when I asked him if I could take his photo. He didn’t hesitate and said yes. He didn’t even ask what it was for but I did give him a card with my information. He described himself as an Italian made in Germany. Earlier in the project I would not have asked him to pose for a photo but as the project progressed I became alot more confident in asking people, the worst they can say is no.

 

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May 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Anna

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DSCF0645Anna is the 87th stranger in my project. She was having a coffee and a conversation with a friend in Westwood Village in Los Angeles. Her eyes were the initial draw. I waited a while for a break in their conversation to ask her if I could take a photo of her. She obliged and described herself as a lawyer, Russian and friendly. By this time in the project, the conversation the subject and I have was becoming more important than the lighting or the settings of my camera. The conversation opens the subject up and I get to know them in a very short amount of time. I see their thought process with their answers and how they struggle with them and the answers themselves are telling. Most have described themselves with positive adjectives and this almost always translates to a better photo.

 

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May 6, 2013 at 9:41 am

Lauren, smiling

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May 2, 2013 at 10:43 am

Lizzie (on film)

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April 30, 2013 at 10:20 am

Lauren

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DSCF0641Lauren was the 85th person in my project. She was standing on Abbot Kinney blvd in Venice, CA. She was wearing this interesting hat that caught my eye. I thought it would make an interesting photo but that wasn’t the hat that made it interesting, it was her smirk and eyes that made the photo for me. I was surprised at how the photo turned out because I didn’t think too much of it when I took it but it is one of my favorite from my project.

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April 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm