I tried to find a stranger to photograph this afternoon, but deep inside I knew that my mojo just wasn’t there. I was sort of in a down mood, and approaching strangers in a down mood doesn’t work. So, I got a cup of coffee and sat at an outside table – in open shade. I kept the camera on the table, in very plain view. When I took a Street Portraiture workshop from Craig Tanner, he said that he keeps the camera in plain sight – occasionally someone asks about it and opens a conversation. He even lays it on bar counters – pretty gutsy, but at 6 feet 5, I guess that Craig can handle it.
Anyway, as I sipped my coffee and my mind was wandering, I suddenly felt a pressure on the back of my elbow. There was a large white dog, at least part Pit Bull. She was not pretty, and her name, Lilly, did not fit. But her owner, Brian assured me that she was friendly. As I held my hand out, she put her paw into it. Brian said that people sitting at this table often give her food. As all I had was black coffee, I couldn’t help her.
And, of course, I explained my Street Portraiture project to Brian, and he had no problem with being photographed. He and Lilly lived in an apartment above the coffee shop.
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This encounter reinforced what I already knew; if you keep an open mind, good things often happen serendipitously.