Out and About, Downtown Springfield, Missouri
Almost two years ago I came across a project called the “100 Strangers Project“.
This photography project was started to push photographers to get out of their comfort zone and try something new, work on their portrait taking skills and to motivate and inspire them. I decided to give it a try!
It was (and still is) very difficult! Approaching a complete stranger on the street, asking them if you can photograph them (being rejected many times) and then, using all your photography knowledge and quick thinking to compose a great photograph, is mind blowing to me. But I have done it and did it again this past weekend. It pushed me out of my safe place and into a world of uncertainty, possible rejection and made me think quickly on my toes, many times making mistakes. But every once in a while I try to get out there and try again and mostly, I come home pretty proud of myself and feeling a huge sense of accomplishment!
Last Saturday I met Will!
After meeting Berdine and “Cute couple“, I started looking for a new location, watching the sun and the light and searching for a bit of shade for my next shot. I headed towards the bus station in Downtown Springfield, Missouri. I’d either find some “interesting” characters or be close to my car where I could head home if I couldn’t find a new, willing subject. I found a spot and just stood there for a bit, trying to look like I was waiting for someone but actually hoping someone would make eye contact with me so I could judge whether I should ask them or wait for someone else to come along.
Will seemed a bit shy and very skeptical at first. When I asked if I could photograph him, he asked “You’re not a pirate, are you?!”, afraid I was going to scam him or use his email inappropriately. I assured him that I was a safe, stay-at-home mom just trying to practice my portrait taking skills and that he would never be bothered by little ole’ me. I’m glad he trusted me because I love this unassuming, casual look he gave me.
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