This has been a very busy year with new clients and some amazing opportunities, but it’s been increasingly difficult to make time for personal projects, which are an important part of growing as a photographer and developing a creative skill set. On my recent trip to the SF bay area, I was determined to come up with a personal project that would push me to think outside the box in terms of lighting and composition.
The below series of images is a departure from my usual work as an event, headshot, and commercial photographer and attempts to see the common place through new eyes while recreating the feeling of being face-to-face with the subjects.
All these images were made during a 24-hour window on August 25 and 26, 2015, during which I walked throughout San Francisco asking strangers if I could make a portrait of them.
Everyone I approached were generally willing and kind. Some of them I spoke with for only a minute – the longest conversation lasted a full hour after I made his portrait. This personal project reminded me the value of walking with nowhere in particular to be and making conversation with complete strangers.
Ten of these images are currently hanging as 60×15 inch prints in Flying Fish Coffee in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, DC. None of the images are for sale.
Note: If anyone who was photographed is looking for a copy of their image, I plan on emailing it to you. I’m currently on travel and have not yet finished editing all the images or emailing them out. Thanks for your patience!