A photography project documenting my encounter w/ 100 random strangers that I approached on the street, presented in a 100+ page book.
When I first started photography in 2010, I was unsure as to what direction I wanted to go (weddings, portraits, landscape, etc.), so I started out photographing animals and getting an understanding of shooting in natural light, plus educating myself about composition as well as the other technical details about photography (ISO, aperture, etc.).
At that point, I had never taken a single portrait of another human, and I was terrified of doing it. "What if I mess up?", I thought. So I came upon this project called "100 Strangers". The 100 Strangers project is about approaching random people on the street and asking to take a random photograph of them. The whole idea is to get out of your comfort zone by approaching someone you don't know, as well as getting the opportunity to work on your technical skills in photography by shooting in natural light, getting your focus nice and sharp, and working on composition.
This is my very first stranger portrait.. an employee at McDonald's:
Approaching someone you don't know just to get a picture is always a bit risky, as they are unsure of your true motives for wanting a photograph, but the key is to be pleasant and thoroughly explain the project as well as give them a link to check out the work.
Here are a few more of my stranger portraits:
In addition to taking their portrait, I also documented my encounter with each individual, talking about how I approached them, their reaction, and so on.
**Prints and books WILL NOT have watermarks**
Where will the money go? The money from this project will be used to print high-quality photo books of my project, and also for my continuing education in photography (classes, workshops, etc.).
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The only risks involved are ensuring that the prints and books are completed on time for the estimated time of delivery.
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