21 November, 2014

The kindness of strangers

West End, Brisbane, Queensland

I've talked about how hard it is to approach strangers and ask if you can take their picture. I'd like to be able to tell you that it gets a lot easier. It hasn't for me.

Even though there are turndowns, there are many who very generously share a few moments. It gives you an appreciation for the kindness of strangers.

When I first approached the woman in the picture above, she politely turned me down. I was disappointed, but I didn't think too much about it at that time. 

About an hour later I was still in the same location in West End, and she came through again. I supposed that she was returning from whatever errand she was on. She came up to me and said that she had thought about it and that she would be happy for me to take her picture.

As you can tell, I was affected by that kindness.

If you're interested doing portraits of strangers, I suggest that you look at the amazing work of Singaporean photographer, Danny Santos. Some of his street portrait work is HERE, and I also recommend his, "How to shoot portraits."

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