50/50 – Face Time with Strangers

So, I have officially started the new project I teased about two posts ago.  I wanted to challenge myself to do something that kind of terrifies me: approach perfect strangers on the street, start up a conversation, then take their portrait.  It’s much less frightening to photograph people without their knowledge.  Truthfully, I also like to see people not posing and simply being, for the most part, just themselves.

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I am comfortable taking shots where the long lens is my best friend and helps to keep me hidden; so I like to think.5050 blogpost 2

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Then there are the times when they notice and this fortuitously sweet and genuine moment happens…
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So, because I needed a bit of a challenge, I decided to set some ground rules: 50 faces, using my 50mm lens shot at the minimum focusing distance of .45 metres, yup, 1.5 feet.  Right in their face….  There is something about snapping portraits of strangers.  There’s a certain anonymity and a strange sense of security in not knowing one another.  What face do you put on for a stranger?  Especially, some odd-ball wanting to take your photograph.  Maybe it’s my little Pollyanna way of thinking that human beings are able to all get along!

So, check out the new section 50/50 on the Home page under Reportage!  Here is an outtake of a shot I took of a very flattered lady.  Many more shots to come!

50/50 #4 Andrea M.On a side note, the Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown this year brought back some happy childhood memories.

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