Assignment: Perfect Stranger

stran·ger [streyn-jer]
1.a person with whom one has had no personal acquaintance: He is a perfect stranger to me.
2.a newcomer in a place or locality: a stranger in town. outsider: They want no strangers in on the club meetings.
4.a person who is unacquainted with or unaccustomed to something (usually followed by to ): He is no stranger to poverty.
5.a person who is not a member of the family, group, community, or the like, as a visitor or guest: Our town shows hospitality to strangers.

I think all of us are drawn to strangers to some extent. We all find fascination in the unknown.

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite past times is people watching. I don’t know what it is, but I can spend hours in a mall or downtown just watching people stroll by. I wonder about their lives, their story. I wonder why they picked the clothes they wore that day.

I have been attracted to street photography for a long time. I love seeing images of people in their everyday life, going about their day with no idea the would be the subject of someones photograph. I admire the photographers that are able to capture these people and give us a small glimpse into their world.

Something I’ve struggled with though, is actually approaching someone, a random person and asking to take their photograph. I don’t know why, whats the worst they could say? Recently, I got to spend an afternoon with Marcelo Yáñez on the streets of Charlotte. Seeing him easily approach people and ask for a portrait was great. It showed me that we are all just people and for the most part we are all pleasant.

I hope to build up the confidence to do this type of photography more. I think that it may even be easier with instant film, seeing as most of our cameras are great conversion starters anyway.

We had some great submissions for this assignment. I encourage everyone to spread the word of these bi-weekly themes and go out and shoot!

This weeks Contributors:

Mitchel Issel

Chris Kale

Andrew Bartram

Sara Peppinck

Leslie Rhodes

Nasir Hamid

Adam Doe

Marcelo Yáñez

Celina Wyss

Kristin Sweeting

Martin Holland

Elisa Krynitz


Thanks to all who submitted for this theme. Our next assignment is “Fall“. We will be taking submissions for it through October 1st. You can submit for ” Fall” on our submit page and view future Assignments here.


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