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Would’ve never occurred to me to photograph a stranger, before Flickr. I lacked the level of comfort required to impose myself on someone else in such a way…lacked the courage to take this kind of chance.
As it is, I do it very rarely, these days. I’ve grown too used to the control of a photo shoot, being able to take my time, get things just the way I want. I also am more in touch with Why I shoot, not just to take a good photo, but to get to know someone better, which was always the source of my passion for photography, but not always something I was in touch with.
But this lady! This lady, whose name I regret i did not ask, who sat in front of a closed section of the library with a smile etched onto her face, whose hair was a monument to physics and hairspray, this lady’s sense of style begged…no, DEMANDED to be photographed. Saw this shot in my head, perfectly composed. All that remained was to actually take it.
The ability to photograph strangers, with their permission, with their collaboration, it’s a bit of a performance, and if I’m in the mood, it’s a performance I quite enjoy. I knew the rest of the 20under20 with us on the photo walk through the library would stand in amazement of my powers!
So of course I never showed anyone. Kept it on my camera for the rest of the trip, for you, my people! I have brought my victory to the place that taught me How to succeed in shooting strangers, and do it in such a way that we all come away satisfied.