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Take a portrait of a total stranger each day for 7 days. Try to capture their image in a way that gives the viewer a deeper understanding of the person. Write a little about how you approached the person and what you learned about them. This assignment is part photography challenge but the harder part, in my opinion, is forcing yourself to interact with strangers in a fairly personal way.

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Stranger Portraits

I am fully back on the stranger portrait path. This image is the one I like the best out of those I’ve taken recently. The others were all at a recent VSTE conference and I’m not sure I’m even going to “count” them in the progression towards the 100 total. …

Stranger Portrait #29

It’s been a long time, almost exactly a year, since I did any stranger portraits. It remains a difficult thing for me to do which is a large part of why I do it.

Additionally, driving into work this morning I saw the scene below. The park is a place …

9. stranger (ds106 #1.2)

 
It’s been a week since I posted my first photo for the Stranger Portraits assignment. (At this rate, I’m sure it will actually take me another five weeks to finish ><) Anywho, as a refresher, here’s the assignment description:
Take a portrait of a total stranger each day for…

4. stranger (ds106 #1.1)

So yesterday morning I was trying to do my first ds106 assignment and I realized there was one fundamental flaw to my attempt to do the “Return to the Scene of the Crime” assignment: the photo I had brought with me (because it’s one of the few printed photos I…

Stranger Portraits

Take a portrait of seven total strangers. Try to capture their image in a way that gives the viewer a deeper understanding of the person. Write a little about how you approached the person and what you learned about them.
 

Her name tag says this is Debbie. She was…

Jason the Red Cross Guy

cc licensed flickr photo shared by cogdogblog
He was persistent and wore me down for a donation to Red Cross; my concession was asking for a photo, not quite the full Stranger Photo process, but in that direction.
This was my lukewarm attempt at a ds106 Stranger Portrait.
Jason cornered…

Strangers #5 and #6

This little girl was at a birthday party for some family friends. She alternated between closing her eyes and sticking out her tongue (in a non-annoying way that made me like her more) and that real smile.
Her older sister was there too but she was old enough to pose.…

Stranger Portrait #4 – David

David was suspicious of my motives. It seems explaining that you take pictures of strangers to interact with new people and work on your photography skills is not seen as a normal motive for doing something like this. I soldiered on and (semi?) convinced him I was simply odd and…

Stranger #3

Michelle is from a small “hick” town (her words) outside of Austin. She has a younger sister who she basically raised because their father left and their mother had to work. She is on her way to visit family in Germany. This is the first time she’s made the trip…

Stranger Portrait #2

I don’t want to be the “creepy guy with the camera” that D’Arcy mentions in his #ds106 talk but I do want to be able to capture certain images and interact with other humans in a variety of ways. If I can make myself keep trying these I’m hoping, eventually,…

Stranger Portrait

I often see people and think that I’d like to take their portrait. It sounds creepy in my head as I write that but I promise it’s a fairly widespread idea. I just happen to think certain people look interesting but I don’t ever do anything about it. I worry…

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