Street Photography

Strangers of Seattle

Back in January (2014), I spent a week in Seattle. Seattle is a great place for street photography, especially the area around Pike Place Market. There's never a shortage of opportunities for street portraits. The majority of people said yes to having their picture taken, I ended up with 25 stranger portraits. I found the people friendly and down to earth. Here are some of the strangers I photographed while in Seattle. At the bottom is a map of Seattle where I took a lot of my street portraits. 

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Map of the locations in Seattle where I took the street portraits. 

Map of the locations in Seattle where I took the street portraits. 

Mo' Stangers

Recent Stranger Portraits

After completing the 100 Strangers project, I stopped photographing for a while. At times I would feel the "itch" to photograph strangers, so if I come across somebody interesting and I have my camera, I'll ask to take their portrait. Now that I think about, I might as well go for a second set of 100. Here are a few of my most recent stranger portraits.

I was in Grapevine, TX and decided to take a walk around the mall to see if I could find one interesting stranger to photograph. It's about 7:30 PM on a Thursday evening and there was hardly anybody in the mall. Most of the stores were empty, so I saw a lot of people standing around not doing much. I was walking by a store called Proimage Sports and that when I saw Terrence. He was standing behind the counter and the store was empty. I walked in side and told him he had a great afro. He says he gets that all the time. I asked I could take his photo, he said sure. He has a friend who's a photographer they shoot all the time. I told Terrence he had a great urban look, if he wanted to do a shoot downtown to let me know

I was  attending an event when I saw Mari. I told her I liked her head dress and asked if I could take her portrait. She said no at first, but I kept telling her great she looked and she agreed. Mari is originally from Afghanistan and is an event planner. 

I was  attending an event when I saw Mari. I told her I liked her head dress and asked if I could take her portrait. She said no at first, but I kept telling her great she looked and she agreed. Mari is originally from Afghanistan and is an event planner. 

I was  attending an event when I saw Winifred. She walked over to my booth and I asked to take her portrait. I mentioned that I loved her skin tone. Winifred is a graduate of Texas A&M.

I was  attending an event when I saw Winifred. She walked over to my booth and I asked to take her portrait. I mentioned that I loved her skin tone. Winifred is a graduate of Texas A&M.

I was in Subway for lunch when Kaylee walked in the store. Her urban style caught my attention and at that point I was interested in taking her portrait. I was at the cash register when she came in and there was one guy ahead of her and other people started coming into the Subway. I took my order and sat in my car, hoping she would come my way.  When Kaylee came out of the Subway, she walked right toward my car, I figured she was parked next to me and she was. I got out of the car with camera in hand and introduced myself. I mentioned she had an interesting look, I asked if I could take her portrait. She had this sly grin on her face and she said "sure, go for it." I'm sure she was on her lunch break, plus it was a cold windy day her in Dallas (30F) so I took a few quick shots and give her my business card.

I was in Subway for lunch when Kaylee walked in the store. Her urban style caught my attention and at that point I was interested in taking her portrait. I was at the cash register when she came in and there was one guy ahead of her and other people started coming into the Subway. I took my order and sat in my car, hoping she would come my way.  When Kaylee came out of the Subway, she walked right toward my car, I figured she was parked next to me and she was. I got out of the car with camera in hand and introduced myself. I mentioned she had an interesting look, I asked if I could take her portrait. She had this sly grin on her face and she said "sure, go for it." I'm sure she was on her lunch break, plus it was a cold windy day her in Dallas (30F) so I took a few quick shots and give her my business card.

Worry Free Photo Walk

When I started down the road of becoming a professional photographer, things got complicated very quickly. I started to worry about the various aspects of establishing a business, one of which is the quality of my work.  It only makes sense that you want to be the best you can possibly be in whatever you pursue. If your not careful, that pursuit can turn into an obsession. I believe that in order to be great, you must have a certain level commitment, borderline obsession if you will.  You have to be careful because commitment can lead to obsession without you knowing it. Obsession leads to behavior that is in fact, counterproductive. The one thing I don't want to lose is the pure joy of photography. Stressing out over every detail all the time wears you down and you can lose your joy. 

Last Saturday was one of the few days, I had nothing to do. So I decided to find a new location and go on a photo walk. This photo walk was going to be worry free; I wasn't going to "obsess" over gear, composition, lighting, backgrounds, white balance, dept of field, posing...etc.  I grabbed my kit lens and just when out to shoot with no expectations. I didn't care if the shots were good or not, I just wanted to enjoy the process of shooting something I'd never seen or experiences. I heard the Bishop Arts District was great location for urban style scenery, so that's where I decided to go. And I did discover some great locations for future shoots and met a few interesting people along the way. Below are some of the images I took on my worry free photo walk.

 

 Before I made to the Bishop Arts District, I saw these ladies riding horses. So I pulled over and asked if I could take a picture. I converted the image to black & white and add a warm tone to give that old western feel.

 I saw this guy come out of a store around the corner and sit in this spot. I asked if I could take his picture, he nodded "ok." Not sure if he spoke any english. 

 I saw this guy come out of a store around the corner and sit in this spot. I asked if I could take his picture, he nodded "ok." Not sure if he spoke any english. 

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The guy on the left is Darell, a local R&B artist. On the right is Jade, a boxing and MMA fitness instructor. 

The guy on the left is Darell, a local R&B artist. On the right is Jade, a boxing and MMA fitness instructor. 

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 Bishop Arts District

 Bishop Arts District