Taking risks is a strong variable in my life. I am constantly looking for things to push me out of my comfort zone. Of course not so far that I feel my life is in jeopardy, I’m not about to go shark diving, but far enough that I am able to reach new creative depths. My love of photography parallels my love of travel, in the sense that there are always new places to go, new things to see, and new ways to get there. I truly believe that if you restrict yourself to the same techniques and mediums, they will begin to lose the very essence that made them special to begin with.
Yesterday, I photographed strangers.
I know what you’re thinking…What a creep…but it wasn’t like that, I swear. I wasn’t hiding in a dark alley, drooling, and photographing innocent, clueless civilians. I asked for their permission. They agreed! It wasn’t awkward. Okay, it might seem a little awkward, but it was totally harmless!
I wanted to capture the festivity of St Paddy’s Day, meet new people, and expand my knowledge in a more spontaneous way. Having the opportunity to photograph strangers helped me gain confidence, while also helping me to learn more about posture, movements, and expressions. I found people’s reactions to be incredibly inspiring and encouraging. Not only did everybody agree, but everybody agreed willingly and enthusiastically. I made sure to give people my contact information, so they could check out the pictures. If you are reading this and you are one of the people I photographed on St. Paddy’s Day, THANK YOU. You made my endeavor yesterday to grow as a photographer fun and easy.
I hope everyone had a fun and safe St. Paddy’s Day. If anyone else has experience taking pictures of strangers, or other spontaneous projects similar to this, I would love to hear about your experiences!