Several years ago, I decided to take on the 100 Strangers Project.
It’s a simple concept – take photos of 100 people you’ve never met before, get permission, and post them to an online gallery.
This seemed like a fantastic project and I wanted to take part. There’s a Flickr group for it, which is nice for support, help, ideas etc.
Here’s the problem – I always tend to forget about the project.
I’ve also tended to be a little different with the way I shoot the project. I’ve noticed many people who do some amazing portraits of the people. I think mine are a little more on the “soft” side, though I tend to also take a wider look at the portrait to try and grab the surroundings.
My first portrait came in February 2010, when I snapped the image of the owner of a new hot dog place in the town where I worked. That eatery didn’t last.
I got to 19 portraits before it kind of fell on the back burner.
That 19th image came in September 2012, on a trip to Ithaca. If interested, you can see the portraits I’ve taken so far by clicking here.
The beauty of this project, though, is that there’s no time limit. It’s not 100 portraits in a year or anything like that. So it’s one I knew, when I started, that would take me a long time. I’ve had many chances to put a massive dent in this project – from geocaching events, to other things – but I just tend to forget about it. I talk to people and after I’ve moved along all I can think is … argh! There was a perfect chance for the 100 Strangers Project!
However, I’ve been looking at some other people’s projects and it’s made my interest grow again. I’m going to try and continue this project moving forward, though I need to do a few things:
Get a few mini cards with the web address to my Flickr album etc., so I can give that to people
Remember to talk to people about this when I meet them
I’d like to add a few people by the end of the summer. It’s going to be a long process because, honestly, I am not going to rush it. I’m going to go at a slow pace and see what happens with it.
Hopefully, this is a push I can use to start carrying my camera a little more and doing more with it. I haven’t even brought it to many baseball games because of carrying it (I seriously need a new camera backpack bag so I can bring it and still have my normal stuff – scorebook etc.), but I’d like to start as there have been some fantastic views at stadiums I’ve been to.
Anyway, feel free to check out my 100 Strangers Project on Flickr and hopefully I can start working on a few other photo things as well.
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