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
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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.
This picture is #383 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
Chris was reading at an outdoor table, next to Starbucks. Yeah, he had coffee. I had to notice the haircut, the sides were almost shaved. When I asked him for a portrait, Chris was soft spoken and courteous. He agreed, but was not too interested in the concept of the project.
Chris will soon graduate from Edison Community College, and will have an Associate of Arts degree. Edison is in the process of converting from a two year school to four year. Most, if not all, community colleges in Florida are undergoing that transformation. Chris wants to continue his studies, but would like to go elsewhere. His goal is to study Psychology at the nearby Florida Gulf Coast University.
I don't use the Spot Healing Brush Tool too much, especially for men. But Chris was an exception. When I got a close look at the images on the computer screen, it was obvious that the aforementioned haircut had been very recent. There were over a dozen tiny hair fragments on his face. :-)
The color vs black and white conundrum continues. I'll occasionally post images processed both ways.
Thank you, Chris, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
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This picture is #382 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
We met Linda in the Devine Diva Boutique, she was the owner. And she is a Brit. Her sister has two boutiques in England, and sends Linda stock. So instead of touting “Made in America”, her clothing is all “Made in England”.
Linda is a character and shared a couple of politically incorrect jokes. She moved from England to Minnesota 39 years ago. For 24 years Linda was a nanny in Minnesota and loved the work, but finally she just could not take the cold anymore. So she had to make a choice, hurricanes in Florida, or earthquakes in California. Obviously she chose hurricanes.
Thank you, Linda, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
This picture is #381 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 on the main drag in Naples, Fl, heading for Starbucks. At the storefront before, Kristen was seated, with her coffee, on the cell phone. Have I ever mentioned how people's cell phones complicate my life? So I got my cup of Joe, came back, and she was still yakking. I really liked her look, so I just orbited the area for a few minutes until I got my chance. When she pulled it from her ear, I immediately 'asked for a favor' before she had time to dial again.
Kristen was more than happy to be photographed. She was from Buffalo, and in town for a wedding. It was still cold back home, so she stayed for a week. Smart! She is a Mary Kay (cosmetics) salesperson. I asked if she drove the company pink Cadillac. She said no, that she had yet to achieve that status. She had a company Chevrolet Equinox. At the next promotion she would get a BMW, and THEN the pink Cadillac. That's quite a line up – the BMW isn't top dog!
Then I saw what I had missed previously, the cell phone was pink. She turned it around, the back had the Mary Kay logo.
Thank you, Kristen, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.