I saw Nicole at Klyde Warren Park and I thought she had an interesting hat. I introduced myself and explained the 100 Stranger project and asked if I could take her picture. Nicole is a Yoga instructor and she was about to lead a class and said I could photographer her while she did a few Yoga movements. While she was doing Yoga I took several pictures. I chose this one because of the wonderful smile on her face. Later I found her email address and sent her a copy of the images for her portfolio.
I saw Lillie at Klyde Warren Park setting up a hot dog stand for the lunch crowd. When I walked passed her, I noticed her eyes and olive complexion. I introduced myself and told her about the 100 Stranger project and asked if it was OK to take her picture. Lillie is very soft spoken and kind of shy, I told her she didn't have to pose or smile. I started taking a few shots and I noticed a slight smile appeared and her eyes brighten. It seemed she enjoyed having her photo taken, or at least the attention. I'll have this printed out and take it to her the next time I go to the park.
When I saw Elizabeth with her friends, her bright smile drew me in. Elizabeth saw me looking at them and could tell I wanted something. I introduced my self and and explained the 100 Stranger project and asked if I could take all three of there pictures. Elizabeth agreed while the others pondered. While the other two walked a way I asked Elizabeth if I could go ahead and take her picture, she said yes. I thought this photo captured her smile brilliantly.
Kelly was very reluctant. She wanted to know where I put the images, what do I "get" for the 100 Strangers challenge, etc. I patiently answered all her questions and she agreed to have her photo taken for the 100 Strangers project.
I was back at Klyde Warren Park looking to take more portraits of strangers. I saw Eva walking around and figured she probably worked here, I was correct. Eva was a very friendly person. We talked about her job at the park for a moment and I described the 100 Strangers project and she agreed to have her photo taken. She has a great smile.
This is April, I saw her and her friend playing chess in the park and I interrupted their game to ask if I could photography them while they played chess. I shot a few frames while they played, but there was much opportunity for any interaction as they were engaged in playing chess. With the chess board in the frame with April contemplatively looking down at the board with her hand ready to make her next move, sets the scene for this image.
This is Steve, he was playing chess with April (#6).
Bryn is a high school senior and she was with her friend Beccy taking her senior portraits. I informed them of the 100 Strangers project and if it was OK to taker her picture, she said ok. They very friendly and we had a good chat. I don't recall what I said, but is must have been very funny.
I saw Lori at the Nasher center. I didn't say anything at first and I almost left. I saw her with a camera phone, taking a picture of her son, who is 10 months old. I walked over and asked if I could take her picture for the 100 Strangers project. She said yes, but I could hear the reluctance in her voice. So she sat by one of the sculptures and I started shooting and would talk in between shots. Lori was very friendly and we had a good conversion talking about kids. Then something amazing happened, I noticed her son started smiling. At first he just sitting there, in fact I thought he might be sleep. That expression on his face in this image is "priceless."
This is Camilla, I saw here at the Nasher Sculpture Center taking photos of the exhibits. I thought she looked interesting so I asked if I could take her portrait. After about 3 frames she was ready to go and started to walk away. I had just enough time to ask for her name. Hopefully I got it right.
This is Camethia (I hope I got her name right). She heard about the downtown park and drove here from Ft Worth to Dallas. Initially I saw here playing checkers with her family. I thought the dreads, scarf and shapes were interesting, so I asked if I could take per portrait, she said yes.
This is Michelle, Cody & their daughter. What caught my eye was Cody with the baby carrier. They were standing by the food trucks, I walked by contemplating where I would ask them if it was ok to take their portrait. I approached Cody and described the 100 Strangers project, I told him I thought he stood out to me because he was carrying his daughter. I have a daughter and I remember when she was an infant I would put on my chest and put her to sleep. I was feeling a little nostalgic. I took a few shots of Cody by himself and then with his significant other. I like the shot with all them in the frame.
I saw Cara taking shots of her pet at the dog park are of Klyde Warren. She saw my camera and said “Nikon.” I asked what she was shooting with; it was a D7000, which was the same camera I was shooting with. We briefly talked about how we love the D7000 when I described the 100 Strangers project and asked if I could take her portrait, she said sure. I had her turn her camera toward me and took this shot. Thanks Cara, this is one of my favorites.
I saw Holly strolling through the park taking pictures with her camera phone. I introduced myself and explained the 100 stranger’s project, she agreed to have her portrait taken. Holly is from McAllen, TX, which is the most southern tip of the state next to, the border of Mexico. She is building a nature reserve and was in town to take a look at Klyde Warren Park to get some ideas.
This is Ashanti and she’s in the medical field. I saw her at an event I was attending and her hairstyle caught my eye. I asked her if I could take her portrait for the 100 Strangers project and she said “in my scrubs?” Yep, Ashanti, in your scrubs. She agreed to have her portrait taken. Ashanti was sitting at a table and I asked her to stand while I took a few shots.
This is Steven. I saw him during his lunch break at Klyde Warren Park. I explained the 100 stranger’s project, he agreed to have his portrait taken. He works in one of the downtown Dallas high rise buildings. I love the intense look.
This is Brittney, I saw her with her dog at the park. She looked like she was waiting for someone. I saw her earlier and decided to take a chance. I explained the 100 Strangers project and she said yes to the portrait. She was very nice.
I saw Tom at the park and what stood out was the b-boy kind of look he was sporting. I explained the 100 stranger’s project and he said yes. Tom is Mr. Personality, he gave some great looks during the shoot. This was easily the most fun I’ve had on this project. It was difficult choosing just one image.
Kirby was playing ping pong with April. I approached them both and described the 100 strangers project and if it was to take a few shots while the played, they agreed. During a break in the action I took this shot. They appeared to be having a lot of fun, at least April was, Kirby spent most of his time chasing April errant shots all over the park.
I saw April playing ping pong with her friend Kirby. I approached them both and described the 100 strangers project and if it was to take a few shots while the played, they agreed. During a break in the action I took this close up of April. I like this image the most. I wasn't keeping score, but it looked like Kirby was winning,
I saw Caroline with her friend Heather having a picnic at the park. I was hesitant to interrupt them, so I waited for a few minutes and approached them. I described the 100 Strangers project and they kindly agreed. They asked where I wanted so I told them to just keep talking and I’ll take a few candid shots. Caroline was describing some drink she wanted to create and Caroline just started laughing when I caught this shot. I really enjoy catching an authentic laugh.
I saw Heather with her friend Caroline having a picnic at the park. That’s what initially drew my attention. I described the 100 Strangers project and they kindly agreed. They asked where I wanted so I told them to just keep talking and I’ll take a few candid shots.
When saw Phil, I wondered if he was from the Caribbean. I started talking to him and described the 100 Strangers project, and he was ok with having his photo taken. Phil is actually from New Orleans. I’m from Louisiana so we had a nice discussion about our home state.
I saw Sara jogging around the park and when she came back to the where I was she sat down and was listening to her iPod. I walked over to introduced myself and described the 100 stranger’s project and if it was ok to take her photo. She agreed. She put the ear buds back her ear so I assumed she didn't want to talk. This wasn't a very engaging encounter.
Maya was waiting for her order by the food trucks during lunch hour when I approached her regarding the 100 Stranger’s project. She kindly agreed to the photo. She took her shades off and started to put them away when I told her I like the shades, so she put them back on. She was enjoying her day at the park. Her order was ready so she went to go eat her lunch.
I found quite few opportunities near the food trucks. People standing around waiting for their orders. Kevin was hanging out with his girlfriend who as at a different food truck when I asked if I could take his photo for the 100 Strangers project.
I saw Tenielle walking toward me when I asked to take her portrait for the 100 Strangers project. She was hesitant but finally said ok. Sounds like she had a slight British accent which I always find charming, she's actually from Australia. Tennille works for Crazy Fish a sushi food truck (http://crazyfishusa.com). I told her there was a sushi food truck at my job a few months ago. I told her where I worked and she said that was her. It is a small world after all.
Logan was taking his dog for a walk when I asked to take his photo for the project. He agreed and after taking a few shots he continued walking his dog.
I saw Julie playing ping-pong with Tricia. While I was standing there watching them play ping-pong on windy day, Tricia asked me if I’ve played ping-pong in the wind. Obviously it’s very challenging. I asked if I could take their portrait for the 100 strangers project and they agreed. This is the second time I’ve tried to shoot two people playing ping pong and it just doesn’t work. When the wind carried the ball, which was often, I would ask them to look toward me while I took their portrait. I’m learning that I prefer to have people look directly into the camera.
I saw Tricia playing Ping-Pong with Julie. While I was standing there watching them play Ping-Pong on windy day, Tricia asked me if I’ve played Ping-Pong in the wind. Obviously it’s very challenging. I asked if I could take their portrait for the 100 strangers project and they agreed. This is the second time I’ve tried to shoot two people playing ping pong and it just doesn’t work. When the wind carried the ball, which was often, I would ask them to look toward me while I took their portrait.
When I was on my way home I stopped by Chilis to pick up a to-go order. Nicole was working at the bar when I noticed the purple streak in her hair. I described the 100 strangers project and even though she was working, I asked if I could take her portrait for the 100 strangers project. She said yes. Nicole is a Art major at a local university.
I was back at Klyde Warren Park, hoping to photography a couple on this Valentine’s Day. I was sitting waiting for a chance to approach someone when Tony asked me to take a picture of him and his wife Ellis with is Point Shoot. I gladly took a few shots for them. Tony saw my DSLR and said, I figured you know how to take a photo when I saw your camera...lol. We chatted for a moment, Tony and Ellis are from Arlington, TX and were out enjoying this Valentine’s Day. I told them why I was at the park and before I could ask, the said, "You want to take our photo!" I said yes, they allowed me to take a few shots. It was great meeting such a nice couple. Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
I saw Evelyn eating lunch in the park but didn't approach her at first. I took a seat and Evelyn looked like she was finished eating. I was drawn to take her photo because she's an absolute beauty. I approached her and described the 100 Strangers project and she agreed to have her photo taken. Evelyn is from San Diego, CA and is considering moving to Dallas.
I saw Trigg riding his unicycle in the park when I stopped him and described the 100 Strangers project and asked to take his photo. Trigg was more than happy to have his picture taken so he got on his unicycle and allowed me to take several shots. I asked Trigg if he performs anywhere and he stated he’s actually a magic entertainer for private and corporate events. We exchanged business cards and I sent him a copy of the pictures: www.TRIGGmagic.com.
Damarias was walking with his friends when I approached them and explained the 100 strangers project. They all agreed. Damarias works and is a student. He is from New Orleans and due to hurricane Katrina he moved to Dallas.
Jerome was walking with his friends when I approached them and explained the 100 strangers project. They all agreed. Jerome works and is a student. He is from New Orleans. His friend were teasing because of the scowl on his face.
Connie was walking with her friends when I approached them and explained the 100 strangers project. They all agreed. Connie works and is a student. She is from Dallas.
I saw Mike in the park playing ping pong in his dual toned grey sports coat. I though his style was interesting. After watching them play for while I described the 100 Strangers portrait and asked if I could take their portrait. They said, well you can photograph us playing ping pong. I’ve taking photos of people playing ping pong before during this project and I don’t like how they turn out. I shot several frames in hopes of capturing something interesting. Mike stated that he works with photographers all the time, but doesn’t like having portraits taken of him. This is one of those times I didn't get the shot I wanted, but at least I got a few shots anyway.
I saw Peshmon (not sure if the spelling is correct) in the park playing ping pong. I hadn’t photographed anyone with a full beard, so I was hoping to get a good shot. He was playing with Mike. After watching them play for while I described the 100 Strangers portrait and asked if I could take their portrait. They said, well you can photography us playing ping pong. Didn’t get a chance to find out anything about him.
Vicky was sitting in the park with her feet up in a chair just chillin. She had a warm look about her and I liked the scarf she was wearing. When I approached her regarding the project, she very interested and agreed to have her photo taken. Vicki is a very nice lady, she even introduced me to two of her friends that were meeting her in the park. Vicky was born and raised in Dallas and works at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
I saw Amber walking in the park walking her dog. I notice the big “love” necklace she was wearing and that drew my attention. I asked if I could take her portrait for the 100 stranger’s project and she said yes, but was in a hurry. I took a few frames and she was on her way. Thanks Amber. I had been shooting indoors in manual mode at 1/200 sec a few days ago and forgot to change the settings back when I went to the park on a sunny day and completely blew out the highlights...ugh. I love her smile in this photo, so I used it anyway.
Rick was playing his guitar in the park when I approached him. He was more than willing to have his photo taken. Rick is a singer/songwriter from Austin, TX. He says he has written about 20 songs that are ready to record. I told rick if he ever has a gig in the DFW area, I would love shot his concert.
When I saw Molly, her glasses drew my attention. She was walking with her fined when I approached her regarding the 100 Strangers Project. They had just left the gym. She said yes as long as it was quick. I took a few shots and gave her my card and they were on their way.
The mayor of Dallas held an event at City Hall to discuss the prevention of domestic violence. I was walking around when Aiesha asked me to sign a petition to get a Dallas District Attorney, on the ballad for judge “Shequitta Kelly” who was featured on Good Morning America; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5ZTB8wYCRM. I asked Aiesha how see knows her and she said she works for her. I signed the petition. Then I told Aiesha, I have a question for you. I described the 100 Strangers project and asked if I could take her portrait and she agreed. Aiesha is an attractive lady, so it was a pleasure to take her portrait.
The mayor of Dallas held an event at City Hall to discuss the prevention of domestic violence. I was walking around when Aiesha asked me to sign a petition I saw Lisa at the end of an event at Dallas City Hall. Her hair style immediately drew my attention. I've wanted to photography someone with this hair style for a while now. Lisa was standing next to a guy so I was hesitant to approach her as I didn't know if he was a husband/boyfriend. I stood there for a few minute and the guy started talking to someone else and Lisa was standing by herself, so I took that opportunity to approach her. I introduced myself and told her I loved her hair style. I described the 100 stranger’s project and she was very nice and agreed to have her portrait taken. I didn't have any business cards on me so I gave her my email and website.
During lunch I want to the park to see if I could find a stranger or two to photograph. I saw Steve walking toward me. He had some ear buds in when I attempted to get his attention. I was sure if heard me or not, but he did. I told Steve I liked his beard and sense of style and asked to take his portrait. He asked if it will be quick because he’s on his way back to work. I assured him it would be. I took a few shots and he was on his way.
I've reached the half way point, didn't think I'd get here this fast (4 months). It's been a great experience and I've met some interesting people. This is Brandon, he was sitting close to where I was sitting and noticed he was about to play a game of checkers with Kenny, when I approached them and asked if I could take their portrait. I took a few shots and they started their game.
This is Kenny, he was sitting close to where I was sitting and noticed he was about to play a game of checkers with Brandon, when I approached them and asked if I could take their portrait. I took a few shots and they started their game.
I saw Ryan chillin in the park playing his harmonica (blues harp) and he was wearing that Dicks last resort bib, which looked funny since he had it on backwards. He said, "you should have seen when I was riding my longboard and that thing (bib) was flapping in the wind like a cape. Oh man people didn't know what to think." Interesting guy.
I was waling around Deep Ellum when I saw Erica. She and her friend where unloading things out of the trunk of car when I interrupted them. I told Erica that I liked her hair style and it was OK if I took a photograph. It was a bright sunny day so we found some shade near the car and took a few frames. Erica's friend seemed like he was ready to go, so I didn't engage in much conversation.
After photo walking around Deep Ellum for two hours, I stopped by this pizza joint called Serious Pizza and order a slice. While I was waiting for my order, Spike was crust and doing that thing where the dough is tossed in the air. I took a few shots and when I was about to leave he asked if I got any good shots. I showed him the pictures and asked if I could take a portrait shot, he said ok. He asked if I was going to post the photos, I gave him my card.
While on my photo walk in Deep Ellum, I saw Jeff Gibbons sitting on the side walk. I just taken a few stranger portraits and I explained the project to him as asked if I could take his portrait as well. He said yes. Jeff is a local artist and his exhibit is called “Humming Music and Grinding Teeth.” His exhibition focuses on an individual’s life long search for identity.
I saw Bob in Deep Ellum, playing his keyboard with one hand and singing a song. I asked Bob if I could take his portrait along with Jessica who was sitting next to him. He said yes. Bob gave his website which is HisNameIsBob.com. Come to find out, Bob has a documentary film about him called “His Name Is Bob.” Articles have been written about him in the Dallas Morning News, chronicling his story. Bob is mentally challenged with a troubled past, abused by his mother and abandoned at an institution as a child. He was a heavy drinker and for a time he was homeless. The East Dallas community reached out to help him. His story was told in the 2010 indie documentary what has won awards on the festival circuit.
On my Deep Ellum photo, Jessica was sitting next to Bob. As Bob played the keyboard, Jessica was singing the song, which I don’t remember. She was all for having her photo taken and even asked to have one taken with Bob. She was very nice.
I saw Buzzer earlier in the day, I thought about approaching him, but passed on it. I saw him again, and this time approached him and Pan Ed and asked if I could take their portrait. He said ok. They were both attending a charity event and local biker hangout called Renos Bar & Grill.
I saw Ed earlier in the day, I thought about approaching him, but passed on it. I saw him again, and this time approached him and Buzzer and asked if I could take their portrait. He said ok. They were both attending a charity event and local biker hangout called Renos Bar & Grill.
I saw Ronny walking in the park and I thought he had an interesting look. I approached him and described the project and asked if I could take his portrait. He agreed. Ronny is a photographer as well, he shot’s with a 5DMIII. We discussed photography for a bit and I gave Ronny my card and offered to send him a cop of the picture.
I was on a business trip to Winnipeg, CA and I took my gear in hopes of getting a few strangers portraits “Canadian” edition. I went to lunch at the hotel and the waitress taking my order was Nina. She had a very pleasant demeanor so I decided I would break the ice and ask her for her portrait, plus the restaurant was virtually empty. When I paid for the lunch I told Nina I thought she was interesting and asked if I could take her portrait. She said sure. Nina is a photographer herself, she shots with a Canon and enjoys photographing children. I asked Nina is Winnipeg is her home, she said “it is for now.” I got the impression she doesn’t live here by choice.
I saw and older gentleman with a guitar. He started playing and singing. He had a cup in front of him where passers-by could leave a donation to the “arts.” Albert was singing a Gospel classic, “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior.” I asked Albert if I could take his picture and he said OK. Albert comes to this location every day. When the Winnipeg Jets are playing, Albert goes to the area and plays his guitar and sings old hymns. When I went back I had already decided to I would leave a donation, and I did.
I saw Michael and Grace walking toward me when I interrupted them, gave them my card and introduced myself. I asked if I could take their portrait for the project. He agreed. Michael asked if he could use his megaphone in the shot, I told him that we would take various shots with and without the megaphone. Michael and Grace had just returned from a “May Day” protest rally in support of day labor. They were also supporting opportunities for Aboriginal Youth, Michael and Grace are both Aboriginal.
Grace was with Michael when I asked to take their photo. Grace was very quiet while I was photographing Michael. When the shoot was over with Michael I asked Grace if I could take her portrait as well, she agreed. She had a sign they made from the rally, so I took a few shots with her holding it.
Today I saw two guys and I decided to stop to see if I could take a stranger portrait. Brad singing “Hotel California,” so I pulled out my DSLR and signaled to him if it was ok if I took his picture, he nodded yes. While he sang, I shot. When his song was over I introduced myself. He said, “you’re from a America” I confirmed and told him I was here on business, but that I’m a street portrait photographer and I’m always looking to photograph interesting people. Brad moved to Winnipeg in April from Germany.
I was on my way to my room when I passed Del working in one of these boutiques. She was wearing a fedora and her head was down, so I couldn't see her face. On my way back through the concourse, Del was still there and I went into the store. I told her I loved her hat. I told her I was in town on a business trip and that I’m photographing interesting strangers. Del told me she was an aspiring model. She agreed to have her photo taken. The walls where painted black so I positioned her next to the wall. I used my flash sync cord and held the flash in my left hand and shot with my right.We shot until a customer came in the store.
I was standing on a street corner in downtown Winnipeg, MB, CA, when I spotted Jessica crossing the street. Her style and obvious beauty drew my attention. Jessica was about to go into Tim Horton’s, a popular coffee shop here in Canada when I approached her. I described the project to her and asked if I could take her portrait. She was very hesitant, but didn't say no. It’s been my experience that if someone doesn't want their portrait taken, they say no without hesitating. I went into more detail about the project and to my elated surprise eventually she said yes. After about 3 frames, she was ready to go. Jessica is currently a student. Since she was on her way into the coffee shop, I bought her a cup coffee to show my appreciation.
While walking around I saw Kristin earlier and I was going to try to catch up to her, but she went in a building across the street. About 30 minutes later I saw at a bus stop. I told her I liked her hair style and unique look. I described the project and she said ok to the portrait. I posed her in front of a brick wall.
I group of people were picking up trash on the streets of downtown Winnipeg, I believe they are a part of Earth Day Canada. I couldn’t resist asking John to take his photo. I told him liked his spiked hair. I asked him if he does himself, he said yes. I took a few shots and let him get back to the task at hand.
I saw this cool background in downtown Winnipeg. So I stood there waiting for a stranger with an urban/hip look. When I saw Josh heading toward me, I thought he would make a good subject. I described the project and he said yes to the portrait. I placed hear the multi-colored wall and took a few shots. Josh is a student, majoring in business and he graduates next year. Currently he need to make some money so he’s looking for a job bartending. Josh asked my about the experience of photographing strangers, I told him it’s very interesting. You get out of your comfort zone and met some amazing people.
I saw this cool background in downtown Winnipeg. So I stood there waiting for a stranger with an urban/hip look. When I saw Josh heading toward me, I My last night in Winnipeg, I went to a popular tourist attraction called the “The Forks.” I was watching this group of performs when I saw Cassie with her friend Sophia. I noticed the contrast between her blonde and black hair. There was a youthful innocence about her as well. She was sitting with her friend when I approached her as asked if I could take her portrait for the project. Cassie is a photography student; she hopes to make a career as a fine art photographer, although she also enjoys photographing people. We chatted a bit about photography and I gave her my card.
I saw Abraham at a Starbucks with his friend when I commented that I liked his hair cut. I explained the stranger’s project. Abraham doesn’t speak much English so his friend started interpreting for me in Spanish. I asked if I could take his picture, and he said yes via his friend’s interpretation. I got my camera from my car and suggested we got outside as it was an overcast day and the lighting was evenly diffused.
I was walking around the Galleria Mall on another photography related assignment when I saw Allison hand out tea samples. I think the name of the store was Teavana. Here hair style is what drew my attention, so I stopped by the store and tried a few tea samples, all of which were very good. I told Allison, I’m always looking to photography interesting people and I found here look interesting. I asked to take her photo, she said sure. I asked her to turn her head to her left to get a better look at her hair style. So she turned her head perfectly, I told her she was a natural and that brought a nice smile.
While in Winnipeg, I saw Michael walking toward me. I stopped him and introduce myself. He’s a very outgoing personality we chatted about his frustration on finding a 1 hour film developer, the one he used to go to doesn’t do it anymore, and it’s now 3 days. Michael kindly agreed to the portrait. I offered to email it to him and he said he doesn't use email.
I saw Chynna on Portage Ave waiting for the bus when I noticed the tattoo on her back. I was hesitant to ask her for a portrait, but I decided to ask her anyway. I approached and told her I thought her tattoo was interesting and if I could get a shot of her tattoo with her looking back at me. She kindly agreed. Her hair was covering most of the tattoo so she moved it over to her right shoulder. Since she was sitting I squatted down and took a few frames. I got her email address to send her a copy. Her bus came so she had to leave.
I was walking toward the corner of Graham Ave & Notre Dame Ave when I saw Tysha across the street. From a distance I thought she looked very cute. I waited on the corner to see if she was going to cross the street and she did. I asked if I could take her portrait she agreed, but asked if I could wait until she called for a cab. The cab company put on hold for a while so she hung and said I could take her portrait. I shot a few frames and got her email address to send her a copy. She got back on the phone to call for a cab.
This stranger portrait is a first. I walked over to The Forks, a popular spot in Winnipeg, when this gentleman who was on a woman’s bike stopped and asked if he could take my portrait. No introduction, just straight to the point. So I replied, “if I can take yours.” We had a big laugh over that one, a fellow stranger portraitist. Doug took my portrait first, then I took his. Someone either gave Doug his bike or he won it, I don’t recall; I thought it would be cool to get a shot with him riding his bike, he said sure. Doug moved to Winnipeg from Saskatchewan, to help a family member who is battling brain cancer. I told Doug I understand what that’s like, because I lost my mother to cancer last year. It was a pleasure speaking with Doug, he was a really nice guy.
After talking to Doug, these three guys walk by and Doug said we are out here taking pictures and could we take theirs. They said sure. The guy on the left is called “Dawn Darkness” and he’s a hip hop artist. He does shows around the area and has videos on YouTube. The other two guys are friends of his, but I didn’t get their names. Dawn has this Snoop Dogg kind of swag about him, just cool.
I was on my way back from the Forks (Winnipeg) headed back to the hotel when I stopped by this skateboard/bike park on Waterfront Dr. The guys were riding those BMX style bikes doing a lot of jumps, ramp and air tricks. I asked if I could photograph them while they there tricks and they said sure. Rob is the guy with the black hat on and green earring, he was kind of quiet, didn’t talk much, but he did stop for a moment and allowed me to take his portrait. The other guy is Brent, I ended taking most of the photos of him. Brent would tell or show me the trick and then I would photography it. This is one time I wish I had a wide angle lens. The sun was going down and it was cloudy so shot with my 35 1.8 prime. I asked Brent if I could get in the bowl and take a shot, he said sure. So he showed me were to stand so that I wouldn’t get run over, once again needed that wide angle. Also I should have shot it in landscape, this kind of photography was a first for me. Kassandra is the girlfriend of Brent. She walked over to me and asked if she could have a copy of the pictures, so she gave me her email address. I asked if I could take her portrait, she said sure. She has a sweet innocence about her. To show my thanks for letting me take their picture, I gave them $15 and said to Brent, and told him I appreciate them letting me take their photos. They were completely surprised and said that was “so cool.” Brent ask me for my name and invited me to come back.
During the lunch hour in downtown Winnipeg (on the corner of Portage Ave & Notre Dame Ave.) turns into what seems like a block party. There are food vendors and a live DJ spinning the wheels of steel. People from the surrounding office builds flood this area like their coming out of hibernation, to sit around, eat lunch or just hang out. I ate lunch in this spot, listening to the Michael Jackson mix the DJ was spinning, when I got the idea to take his portrait. I couldn't actually talk to him as the music was loud and he was obviously busy. I signaled to him with my camera asking if I could take his picture. He nodded ok and struck a pose. His handle is DJ Rahdil and he does parties, weddings, and corporate or any special event. He also DJ’s for 101.5FM.
I walked over to the Forks to eat at the Muddy Waters Smokehouse restaurant to eat some BBQ. I ate on the patio and Pascale was the waitress, and as the sun began to set, she had the golden hour skin complexion, looked really nice. I decided I would ask to take her portrait. Instead of asking her outside, I asked her when she was by the bar and I was on my out. She agreed to portrait, but I wish we would have taken the portrait back on the patio. I though asking her to go outside would be imposing to much as she had several customers to wait on.
Kaitlin is the hostess at the Muddy Waters Smokehouse restaurant. When I was on my way out I commented on how she had lovely eyes. I told her about the project and if I could take her portrait. She said yes and was interested in the project and my photography in general. I told her about some projects I’m working and got her email address to send her a copy
I great time to look for strangers to photography is downtown Winnipeg at lunch time. I went for a walk and I passed by Mercedes who was standing inside the door way. I noticed the pink flower in her hair and that drew my attention. I went inside but she was on the phone. When she got office I told her I was photographing strangers today and I noticed the flower in her hair an asked if I could take her portrait. She commented that she loves photography, it showed because she look very comfortable in front of the camera. Mercedes was waiting for her ride and it showed up just after we were reviewing the pictures. I had just enough time to get her email address to send her a copy when she had to go.
I saw Rob walking toward me with his hippie style hair length and I asked if I could take his portrait. He said sure. Rob has worn long hair since he was 15. Rob stated his hair won’t grow any longer and he’s not from Winnipeg originally. Rob turned and kept on walking.
I saw Blair coming out of a store and his style drew my attention. I told that I liked his hat and urban style and asked for his portrait. The hat looked like it was new. He said ok to the portrait and he did say that he had just bought the hat. Looking cool Blair.
I was venturing off way from the main downtown area when I saw this lady. I told her I was out taking stranger portraits and I asked if I could take hers. She said no thanks. I told her to have a good day and started to walk off. Then she said, well it’s OK, I’ll just be myself. I told that’s the beauty of the project, capturing people as themselves. While I was photographing her, she kept looking at her phone. I asked if she could look at the camera for one shot. She looked and back down in a split second. I laughed and told her that was too quick. I asked again, but she wouldn't look up. She wouldn't give me her name and she eventually walked way, giggling.
After walking around for a while, I was tired and started back to the hotel, when I say Chris. I commented on his hat. He has just bought it at local store called Bombay. I asked if I could take his portrait and he said sure. I took a few frames and showed them to Chris. He was on his way somewhere, I didn’t get a chance to talk. From that brief encounter he seemed like a cool guy.
I was eating breakfast at the Fairmont hotel and Rod was host and waiter. He was very friendly. He asked I was here for the long weekend (Monday, July 1st, is Canada Day), I told him I was flying home to Dallas today. We talked about Dallas and hot much hotter is there than Winnipeg. It asked about Texas Stadium and was amazed how large it is. When I get ready to leave I asked if I could take his portrait. He said sure, I’m not wanted. Rod was one of the nicest people I've met during my week in Winnipeg.
I went for one last photo walk here in Winnipeg, when I saw Teagen. She was sitting and nodding off, looked like she had a rough night. As I walked by she lifted up her head and smiled. I didn't think she would let me take her portrait, I asked anyway and to my surprise, she agreed. Teagen told me she didn't get any sleep last night, which was obvious. Teagen had an umbrella with the tip broken off. She opened up her umbrella and she said she broke it last night hitting someone who was messing with her pregnant cousin. She also got locked out of her apartment by her roommate and was waiting for someone to pick her up. She asked me what the pictures where for and I told her about the 100 strangers project. I asked Teagen if she drank coffee, she said yes. I gave her a few bucks to get a cup or two, looked like she needed it.
On my flight back to DFW I had a 2.5 hour layover in Minneapolis-St Paul. I decided to get something to eat so I went to this bar and grill and Kiki was my waitress. Immediately the hair style caught my attention. I told her I loved her hair and that she has a great look. I asked if I could take her portrait and she said sure. I had her stand next to a white column near the bar. I noticed how comfortable she was in front of the camera. I asked if she models, she said yes. Kiki was working, so I didn't want to take up to much of her time, I did ask where she was from, she said Ethiopia.
I was close to Klyde Warren Park so I decided to go by there to see if come across any interesting strangers. I was sitting under a shade tree when I saw Jason. His dreadlocks drew my attention, but he was also bare foot and it was about 95 degrees. I saw Jason walking around the park toward the food trucks, so I walked to the other and when he came toward me I asked to take his portrait as he was an interesting look dude. He smiled said sure. Jason lives in Dallas, but he’s originally from Boston. He wanted a copy of the picture so I he gave me his email address. He was a real nice guy.
I was photographing a fashion show at the Galleria, when I saw Carlos. His style immediately caught me attention, once the show was over I made it a point to try and find him afterwards. Once the show ended, I walked to the area I last saw Carlos and he was around the corner from the catwalk. I walked up to him and said I liked his style and asked if I could take his portrait. He said sure, he was standing next to black wall, I had a 85 1.8 lens I rented, I stood back and took a few frames.
Saw Josh in the Galleria Mall. Asked to take his portrait, he said ok.
I had a day off so I went to the North Park Mall to see if I could take a few stranger portraits. I saw someone I wanted to approach in one of the stores, so I was waiting for them to come out. That's when I saw Snow approaching, so I approached her and commented she had a interesting look and would it be ok if I took her portrait. She quick said yes. Snow is a tattoo artist. She was very nice
I saw Robert on the corner drinking some coffee. I walked past him then turned around and went back to ask him for his portrait. Robert is from Winnipeg and he lives in the downtown area. I gave Robert a few bucks to have another coffer on me.
I was in North Park Center mall when I saw Priysnka walk by. A few minutes later she walked back toward where I was sitting and she went into a store. I waited for her to come out and I approached her and told her I was out photographing strangers. I told her I thought she was very attractive, then I asked if I could take her portrait. She was on the fence about it and finally she said yes. Priysnka was on her lunch break, she just received her masters degree in Psychology, she counsels people with eating disorders. I gave her my business card and thanked her. This picture is #100 in my 100 stranger’s project.