100 Strangers - Mark Reierson
Powered by SmugMug Log In
073.100 Sam

073.100 Sam

This was parade day, the kick off to the annual Calgary Stampede. The parade typically draws in upwards of 250,000 spectators into the downtown core, a good opportunity to find and meet new people. The festive atmosphere also helps to get people talking. As I walked around taking in the sights, a girl stood out of the crowd, her unique style differentiating her from the flocks of urban cowboys/cowgirls. Her tattoos popped off her skin and drew the attention of more than just me. In the past, I would have admired and walked by, but holding a camera and on a mission, I stopped and chatted.

This is Sam. I commented on the quantity of her tattoos and she told me she’s a tattoo artist: body art is definitely her thing! Sam was very open and friendly, so we chatted for quite a while. She has very high standards for the ink she wears, and the tattoos she showed me are beautifully intricate works of art. As I posed her and got the portrait I was after, I noticed the tattoos on the palms of her hands — something I’ve never seen before. We talked a bit more about them and I was able to do a detail photo of her hands.

100 StrangersStephen Ave45mm90mmCalgaryCanadaColourEM1OlympusPortraitPortraitureStreetStreet PortraitureYYCcolordowntownmarkreiersonpublicquot