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 #526 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
Having a Coke outdoors, Morgan seemed relaxed and approachable. She was. A native of Sarasota, she graduated from nearby Riverview High School. I commented about how Venice High School dominates Riverview in Football. She was unaware and uninterested.
Now she works at the recently opened, University Town Center Mall. Specifically at Sephora, a store as familiar to me as football is to Morgan. “We sell fragrances and make-up.” That explains why. She agreed with me that the new mall is overhyped – overdone and oversold. But the pay is higher than other stores, so what can you say?
A few minutes later I was driving, and Morgan came flying by on her bicycle. She seems like an individualist.
Thank you, Morgan, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
This picture is #525 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 liked the hat, and I told him so. I went into my usual talk about meeting strangers, taking portraits and then said, “I haven't met you before. Can I meet you and take your picture. His response was “No.” Silence. Then, “Where do you want me to stand?” I said that I thought the answer was no. Ron said, “I said 'no', you haven't met me before. But you can take my picture (smile).” He had me.
Ron has been a self employed plumber for 35 years. “Self employed is the only way to be.” I said that the economy is picking up, his business should too. He said, “I don't want the recovery to come too fast, I like the vacation.” I said, “Ah, you must not have a wife and kids.” Ron said that he had an ex-wife and kids. That sounds even more expensive, but he was living the good life.
Ron liked the images, but did not want a copy.
Thank you, Ron, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
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This picture is #524 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 in Tampa, about an hour after photographing Tom (My previous post) Jacqui was sitting on the same wall. Only she was reading. I hated to interrupt her, but not so much that I didn't interrupt her. She was OK with being photographed, although a little reserved. At first.
Jacqui was born in Tampa, and went to a local High School. My guess was that she was a college student, so I asked. “No, I'm a lawyer.” Yikes! I told her that she looked too young to be a lawyer. She rolled her eyes up and said, “I've been a lawyer for a while.” Actually since 2009, when she graduated cum laude, from Law School at the University of Florida. For two years I lived within 100 yards of it.
When I explained 100 Strangers, Jacqui said that she had done photography in the past. Black and white film, to be exact. So when I showed her my Photostream in b&w, she was interested, and gave me her e-mail address to get copies of her images. She preferred the straight on look, but I am partial to the posted image.
Thank you, Jacqui, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
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This picture is #523 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
Tom was sitting on a low wing wall in Tampa. He seemed relaxed and unencumbered, so I figured that he had time for a portrait. It took a little convincing, but not too much.
With the Chicago hat, I assumed that he was from Chicago. No, “I just liked the colors.” Tom is from central New Jersey, clam digging country.
“Oh, near Barnegat Bay?”
“No, south of there.”
Tom is retired from the Army and moved to Tampa in 1997. I got several bursts of images. As I showed him each one, he groaned “Oh Gawd, I look like that?” I offered to take more to get an expression he liked. “No, the pictures are good, I just hate that I look like that.”
As I walked away he called out laughing, “Hey, don't you ever photograph pretty young girls?” Oh yeah...
Thank you, Tom, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
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Roy is a Harley man, and member of H.O.B.S.
This picture is #522 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
On a stranger hunt in Tampa, I saw Jericka across the street. When I approach a stranger, I like to cite a positive physical characteristic that is believable. Her hair was distinctive enough to qualify. She was wearing a shirt that said. “Taco Bus”, and she was standing in front of an eatery called..., “Taco Bus.”
So I walked over to introduce myself my first thought was that she looked younger than I thought. I almost panicked, but then figured if she was old enough to work there, she ought to be old enough to be included in the 100 Strangers group. I immediately complimented her on the hairstyle, and she shyly giggled. And approved being photographed.
Jericka is from Polk County, about 20 miles east. She has worked at Taco Bus for three months, but would really like to continue her education at nearby Hillsborough Community College. I told her that I went to the University of South Florida in Tampa. But that I had graduated a long time ago, in 1967. Her jaw dropped, and her eyes got huge as she said, “No WAY!” Apparently she didn't know that people this old existed.
Thank you Jericka, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.
At a motorcycle rally, of course I wanted to meet a couple of typical Harley types. I think that Dale fits. He was standing alone, appearing contented, during a lull in the deafening noise. He was affable and happy to be included in the 100 Strangers project.
Dale is from Clearwater, FL. He has five motorcycles, his wife two. Oh, and a dog. A bulldog who rates a trailor, towed behind Dales Bike. I checked it out, pretty neat. It is well padded and a suitable space for any pampered bulldog. When a puppy, he jumped onto Dale, breaking two ribs. Dale's. And Dale is proud of that.
Dale works for a towing company, this is his forth year at Thunder by the Bay. But he has been at the Daytona rally for 21 years. I guess he likes it. While we spoke, his wife, Daisy, and the dog approached. Daisy had no interest in being photographed, and I'm sorry to say that I did not write down the dog's name. He has a face that even a mother might have second thoughts about. But not Dale.
Thank you, Dale, for allowing me to photograph you for the 100 Strangers Flickr group.