The 100 or should I say 500 Strangers Project started today, May 26, 2018, as I joined a photo walk with Atlanta Urban Photo Walkers here today in Atlanta. I couldn't avoid approaching the first of 500 as his energy simply jumped out to me. He was in the process of recording a music video that will be released in the coming weeks. Meet Stranger #1 Spree Wilson.
Towards the end of the walk, I settled near the Flat Iron building to have a cup of water, okay it was a beer, and a slice of pizza. That's when I struck up a conversation with James. I noticed that he was wearing a Golden State Warriors Cap with championship pins attached. He also had a really nice coat sitting in the chair next to him. Though it was 82 degrees outside James insisted that he put his coat on for his photo. To school those like myself who were unaware that the Warriors are actually 5 time NBA Champions not just the two they've won in recent years. James and I also talked about the Braves, as he's been a Braves fan since the team moved to Atlanta. He even handed me a card and autographed the back of it. James knew quite a bit about sports, specifically Basketball and Baseball. He also mentioned he's a Falcons Fan as well. Meet Stranger #2, James.
June 2, 2018 I found myself upon the Jackson Street Bridge knowing that there would be plenty of people there taking selfies in front of Atlanta's beautiful skyline. I was fortunate enough to capture this image of Rebecca and Udochi. So thankful for the opportunity to converse with them and capture this image for them.
So today I manage to capture three more Strangers, but I learned something very valuable from today. The lesson learned was that not all people have Social Media profiles, nor care to share their information. However, the are perfectly okay with allowing me to capture their photos and are willing to follow the project. I learned the valuable lesson today of having a pen and pad available to record names as I am gathering information. One a lot of people have private social media accounts, therefore will send themselves a friend request via my phone, but won't accept the request. Two I did not realize how quickly I could forget someone's name after they just told me what it was. Perhaps I'm too excited I have a new portrait to work on. So here are Today's 3 Strangers I was able to capture. I believe their names are Joseph, Asia, and Leslie. But for the purpose of this blog until confirming that (pending them contacting me or seeing this site) they will for now be Stranger 5, 6, and 7.
Strangers #5 and #6 were actually captured together. I'm not certain they are a couple or just really good friends. I was able to capture a photo of them together as well as individual photos, hence why I am not combining them as 1 unit as I did above.
Now Stranger #7 I am aware name is Leslie, though the spelling could potentially be different. I know her name because after the photos of Strangers #5 & #6 I saw her sitting at a table working extremely hard on something. I didn't want to interrupt her as I was about to head in, but as I moved from my seat I was able to get her attention where I told her that I was going to ask to make a portrait of her for this project. Funny she initially responded with the thought I was going to draw a portrait of her, until I revealed the camera. She agreed to the photos, but wished to continue working as I was capturing them. They came out really nice, and would make for a great stock image of "Natural Black Woman Working." Having made the mistake just seconds before, I had to ask her name and write it down prior to departing. She said she would keep up with the project as she was curious to how her photo came out. I hope she enjoys this image I managed to capture of her (upon her seeing it of course.)
Today is June 7, 2018 and I was at it again. Today I decided to visit the Krog Street Tunnel as there is always a lot of foot traffic in the area as well as Music Video Shoots. I happened to see two women jump out of a car and head towards one of my favorite murals there. I noticed they were taking photos using an iPhone though they were dressed pretty nicely as if they were heading out. I was fortunate to get to them before they departed and capture a few images of them with my camera as well as their iPhones. It was actually one of the Strangers birthday and the other Stranger with her was actually her daughter. I'm so very thankful for the opportunity and I hope they are able to see these photos I managed to capture of them one day. One bad thing though was again, I forgot to gather their names, as they both sent friend request to themselves from my Instagram account. I don't believe either have accepted that request, even though I know the request were sent. Oh well, I need to work on this for the upcoming photos I capture. Meet Stranger # 8 Quinnetter.
I'm so very thankful for the opportunity and I hope they are able to see these photos I managed to capture of them one day. One bad thing though was again, I forgot to gather their names, as they both sent friend request to themselves from my Instagram account. I don't believe either have accepted that request, even though I know the request were sent. Oh well, I need to work on this for the upcoming photos I capture. Meet Stranger #9 1lilreddd.
June 10, 2018 I found myself in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park with my family, with the hopes of capturing 10 Street Portraits for this project. However, I was only able to capture 2 after being turned down several times. Never the less I appreciate the opportunity offered to me by Ronald and Maria as they visited Atlanta.
It was really nice conversing with these two and capturing their portraits. Ronald is an aspiring director and his feed on Instagram is pretty amazing. Check him out at @producer_10 on Instagram. Maria on the other hand was very insightful and aware of other projects similar to this one. More specifically the Strangers of New York Project. Again I am so thankful for the opportunity to capture them both.
Stranger 12 was meditating while I captured his image candidly however, he did offer me his approval for keeping the photo. However, I forgot to manage to get his name. It was a pretty decent capture though, I feel.
Strangers #13 and #14 were having a conversation when I interrupted them to capture their images. They were nice enough to continue their conversation allowing me the opportunity to capture some more candid images of them verses posed. Aryan mention that he is exploring photography as well, and based on his Instagram feed has great potential to be one of the best here in Atlanta, GA. Check him out here: @ak1obi
J-Lo as she referred to herself had no images as well allowing me to capture her image as she conversed with Aryan. I'm definitely thankful for the opportunity.
Maintaining the blog portion of this site is becoming more and more difficult the more strangers I capture. Though each has capture has a story, the length of this blog may become to extensive in the long run. Not certain anyone may wish to read each insert as this journey prolongs. Especially given that I plan to do this over the next year.
Today I was able to capture two young gentlemen on my walk prior to hitting the gym for my afternoon run. They were kind enough to spare 5 minutes of their time and I am fortunate for that. So here are Strangers #13 and #14 of this 100 Stranger Journey.
One of the benefits thus far about this journey is my ability to capture some up and coming stars. You never know who you may met and I'm so fortunate thus far to meet those I have. Cam and RJ Nathaniel are definitely people we should all know, for our own sake.