100 Strangers Project 1/100
I have been meaning to start this personal project for a long, long time. I don’t know where I first heard about the 100 strangers challenge but I’ve seen other photographers undertake this project as a way of stepping outside of their comfort zones and I thought it was a great idea but, frankly, I haven’t had the guts to start it until now.
I felt really pleased with myself after taking this portrait. Approaching a random person was terrifying and it took me a while to work up to it. I’m much more comfortable photographing strangers candidly or photographing people when I’m being paid to do so, as that gives me a justification for doing what I need to do to get my shot.
Developing creatively means pushing yourself and for me this project is a way of doing that. It’s that step outside your comfort zone that enables you to grow so I’m hoping my portraiture will improve over the course of this project, as I get braver and braver.
Thanks so much to Kelston: stranger number 1 of 100. The fact that he’s been photographed by Martin Parr didn’t make things more stressful at all…
Where I saw them: Glastonbury Tor
What made me want to take their portrait: The hat and tweed jacket combo meant that Kelston was easily the most stylish person at the top of the Tor.
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