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 #416 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
Daniel was eating at an outside table in Bradenton, FL. The light was nice; he was undercover. And he was in front of a blank pink wall – I liked it. When I explained the project, and that my main goal was to meet people, he was intrigued and was happy to participate.
Daniel is from Queens, NY (same as I) and went to college in upstate New York. He came to Bradenton at age 25 and likes it here. Daniel considers himself very lucky, in that he is in the financial industry and does his work online. He can live anywhere that there is an Internet connection. Otherwise he feels that the area is not too business friendly. He made a sweeping motion around the street, “Where are the suits and ties? Most residents work in infrastructure, like teachers, police, and healthcare. There aren't many large business here hiring.”
I guess that Daniel IS lucky.
Thank you, Daniel, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
Kellie 028 Sept 24-14
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Frank and Kellie #415
This picture is #415 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 them from across the street; we were walking in the same direction. I liked their body language, so I picked up the pace to double time before crossing. I wanted to be in front of them on their side of the street. I don't like approaching people from behind.
When I asked for my favor, I was surprised that Frank seemed reserved, Kellie is the one who was all for it. But as soon as I asked Frank to 'not smile for the camera', this was what I got. I said, “You don't have to look THAT unhappy,” but that just fueled the theatrics. I asked Kellie if Frank always looked that way. “Yep, that's him”, she deadpanned.
When it was her turn, I took a quick look and did something I almost never do, I let her keep the glasses on. By pure luck, her eyes were sharp, there was no lens reflection, and the frames did not cut through the iris'.
They both recently graduated from Sarasota High School. I asked what the do now – Frank answered, “Look for lunch.” Kellie took my card and was interested in getting a copy of the images. Frank, who knows.
Thank you, Frank and Kellie, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
This picture is #414 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
Victor was sitting under a roof next to a convince store in St. Petersburg. He offered no resistance to being photographer, but was very shy and quite. Friendly, but quiet. He moved to St. Perersburg from New York City 15 years ago. As A child, I had lived in Queens. Victor has lived in Brooklin, Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and Mt. Vernon – everywhere BUT Queens. He is very glad to have made the move to Florida.
Victor is retired from the New York Transit Authority. Had he not retired when he did, Victor wold have been on duty during 9/11, which surely would have been a life changer.
An hour later, I passed by the same location. Victor was still there, reading a newspaper. I think that he had found his spot.
Thank you, Victor, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
Stanley 068 Sept 01-14
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This picture is #413 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
While photographing a young lady seated at an outdoor table in St. Petersburg, Emily (at the next table) called over, “Well, you're in luck. You're going to get two.” Emily was not shy. She lives in tampa, but was originally from New Iberia, LA. I mentioned how a few french surnames are so common in Cajun country, like Broussard, Tibideaux, and Breaux. Emily said that her brother's last name is Breaux. Quite a coincidence, her Bro' is Breaux.
She has lived all over, including the Netherlands (her father's native country), and Nigeria. Her passion is a non-profit organization called Khusi Hona. It aids orphans in India, and Emily's card identifies her as the CHO – Chief Happiness Officer. The organization's website is here: khusihona.org/ Emily has an essay on the site here: khusihona.org/emily-volunteering-in-india/
She loved the idea of meeting strangers for a photo. We promised to hook-up on Facebook (we have), and she asked for a copy of the image. It immediately appeared as her Facebook avatar, always an 'upper' for me.
Thank you, Emily, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
This picture is #412 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 Kalin from a distance and liked his cool look. The hat didn't hurt. I had to maneuver around several people and wait my turn, as he spoke with a few people. So I was surprised when he turned out to be quite quiet and shy; he agreed to be photographed somewhat reluctantly.
Kalin is from Colorado and attends State College of Florida, in Bradenton. I asked how he found that school from Colorado. “They have a good golf team; I got a scholarship.” Good reason. Then I noticed that his backpack said “Titleist.” Duh!
Thank you, Kalin, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.