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
Kate 028 June 07-14
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This picture is #389 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
Kate was in charge of an olive oil concession. She was born in California, but raised in Sarasota. Kate now attends the Sarasota Military Academy. She was interested in the 100 Strangers project and took my card. In return, she gave me her card, as she is interested in graphic design.
I asked what was the worst thing that had happened recently. She said that the day before, her car had been rear-ended. Well, that IS bad! But the car is still drivable.
It amazes me how many businesses are centered around olive oil. I asked how she could sell enough. Well, this was Mazzone Olive Oil, the olives grown in a specific grove in Italy: mazzoneoliveoil.com/. Kate assured me that it is very popular with salads and breads, especially when seasoned with Tuscan Basil. So, I tried some. I liked it and bought a bottle. Confession: I like olive oil, but am far from a connoisseur.
After dutifully assuring me that she was not photogenic, Kate allowed the portrait. Thank you, Kate, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
This picture is #388 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 paid a visit to the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, in Tampa fmopa.org/ Kento was manning the front desk. His appearance immediately interested me and I let him know. He had no reservation about being photographed.
Kento was born in Japan and came to the U.S. During elementary school. He has no accent – none. Kento is now a junior at the nearby University of South Florida, majoring in photography. Although keeping his options open, Kento is drawn to fashion photography.
I said that with my interest in portraiture and his in fashion photography, we had a natural common hero, Richard Avedon. Kento had heard of Avedon just the previous month, and was currently reading about him.
Keep p the good work, Kento, and thank you for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
This picture is #387 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
Kabrana's hat caught my eye, and I followed her through a crowd for a while. Finally we came to a relatively unpopulated spot that hat acceptable (not great) light and background. I approached her and said that her hat had panache. “Panache, I LIKE that!”, she replied.
Kabrena was very friendly and outgoing. She was born in Sarasota and graduated from Booker High School, which specializes in visual and performing arts. Kabrena majored in dance. She graduated from the University of Florida and moved to New Orleans. But she returned to Sarasota two years ago and is about to begin a Masters Program in Speech Pathology.
Thank you, Kabrena, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
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Joe (and Alex) #386
This picture is #386 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
Actually there is no Alex, but there was originally. As I walked on a main street, the sidewalk went through outdoor seating for a restaurant. Joe and Alex were eating, and their body language suggested that they were having a good time. I sometimes approach people outside of a coffee shop, or ice cream parlor, but I have not stopped people from eating a full meal at a restaurant. Besides bad manners, I am afraid that the proprietor will think that I am harassing patrons. Maybe I would be.
But a few minutes later, they were on a bench about 100 yards away. So I met them and made my request. Joe was very outgoing and animated – he was all for being photographed. Alex (female) was pleasant, but quiet and reserved. I showed her the images on my cell phone and she seemed interested. Joe said, “I'll go first.” I positioned him in front of an open door and fired away. He was a jokester, no way to get a serious look. Joe studied plastics engineering for two years at Penn State. Now he is saving money so that he can finish his degree at The University of South Florida, or Central Florida.
Then when I turned to Alex, she said that they had to go, as they had a date with her parents. I said, “Not even 30 Seconds?” Joe cut in and said, “We really have to be going.” Apparently Alex gave him some sign (that I had missed) and Joe was protecting her wishes. Darn!
Thank you, Joe, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group
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This picture is #385 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 saw Andrea at a local Farmer's market, not the one that I usually frequent. Her free-spirit gait and Bohemian dress caught my eye. Especially the hat. When I caught up to her, she had no problem with being photographed.
She is originally from Tampa, but went to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for a degree in Fine Arts. She has now been in Venice for a year. Andrea's art is graphics and overlying pastels, and is up to eight feet on a side. Her website is interesting (and not always safe for work). The provocative description of her current project gives you an idea.
“Current project: Senior Studio
This past year I have created a variety of projects that deal with the human and it's body, gender, alternate persona, and technology. Savoring the visceral union of meat and metal; relishing the taste of flesh and machine; thirsting for blood and digital consciousness; my work ranges from mythological to metallic camp in its worst form...” www.ameythaler.com/
But to put food on the table, she works at a local high-end Italian restaurant. Andrea was at the market, in part, because her boyfriend had a booth, a headgear company called “Bambooty.” Neat name. I vowed to get his portrait, but he was always swamped with customers and I did not get a chance.
I really liked this image and did more work on the background than usual to make a cohesive (I hope) color palette.
Thank you, Andrea, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
This picture is #384 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
Busted! Another portrait of an ice cream shop employee. This time it's in Marco, FL. Makena was as bubbly a personality as you'd ever want to meet. And why not, she had graduated from high school three days earlier!
She attended St. John Neumann High School in nearby Naples. Nearly a year earlier, a friend of her mother suggested St. Mary's College, in Notre Dame, Indiana. How Catholic is that? They had never heard of it, but the more they read, the more they liked. And when Makena visited the school, it was love at first sight. So this fall, off she will go. She wants to do teaching and counseling for disadvantaged students.
Makena loves cats. Her mother volunteers for a group that collects and neuters feral cats in MARCO. Amazingly, we were with a woman who does the same thing, in Naples. Small world.
Thank you, Makena, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group. Good luck in college.