Street portrait photography of faces of strangers who become friends, usually in black and white.
The images within these galleries and blog
technically fit the definition of street portraiture. Some were taken
indoors, of waitpersons, docents, baristas, etc. But most were
photographed in the great outdoors, of people who I saw/met in public places,
always with permission. The common denominator is this; I had never
seen, nor met, any of these people prior to the photographic
This picture is #403 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page
Ava had no reservations about being photographed. She said that she has her picture taken a lot, I'm not surprised. Luckily for me, she was sitting, sipping a drink in an area of quiet light.
Ava is originally from Hawaii, but moved here five years ago because of her parents. She refers Hawaii, but it would be difficult to move back for financial reasons.
I admire Ava. She is a beautiful woman and knows that she is not 21 and has a few wrinkles. She knows who she is, and is “comfortable in her own skin.” Refreshing.
Thank you, Ava, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
This picture is #402 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page
Keepa was sitting in front of an open air bar. This is becoming one of my favorite stranger-seeking sites, as the light is good, and it does seem to attract some interesting characters. Like Keepa.
When he said his name, I asked “K-E-E-P-A?”, and was amazed that I had guessed correctly. He is from Estonia, having emigrated to the U.S. 15 years ago. He is now proud to be a U.S. citizen. His daughter is here, but Keepa's brother is still in Estonia. He worries about that. He is convinced that Vladimir Putin will annex the Ukraine, and that the Baltic States are in peril.
Keepa feels that Obama is starting to act like a Russian, spying on cellphone conversations and with police looking more and more like the military. Still, he does support a strong police force, like the National Guard.
Keepa has done some portrait work himself, but always candid. He is familiar with Photoshop and often crops individual faces out of crowds.
Thank you, Keepa, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
This picture is #401 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page
I was heading back to the car when I looked over my shoulder at a Whole Foods store. Alex was sitting in front, sipping a drink. Her hair caught my eye. I told her so, and she was glad to be photographed.
She is from Anchorage Alaska, about as far from Sarasota as you can get in the U.S. Alex is spending two years in the Sarasota Ballet Company, she is half way through. I asked how she found this company from so far away. Her teacher in Alaska attended a conference in Canada and met the director of the Sarasota group. He told her about Alex and the rest is history.
I told Alex that that my wife and I had spent three days in Anchorage, and had breakfast each morning in the Snow City Cafe. Her face brightened, she knew the place well. The menu is great, but expect to wait on line – in the cold.
I asked if the Florida heat bothered her. Alex's smile vanished and her eyes rolled up, “YESSS!”
Thank you, Alex, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.