100 Strangers - Mark Reierson
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063.100 Alisha

063.100 Alisha

I was hanging out on one of my new favourite street corners, observing people and enjoying just being outside, when I spotted this lovely lady walking in my direction, her bright red skirt and light coloured top catching my eye.

This is Alisha. I’m beginning to pay more attention to people’s facial reactions as I first approach and speak to them. It is fascinating to watch expressions when you pull people out of their mental space and into the world around them. Alisha initially gave me the “what the?” look, but as I explained the project, she quickly relaxed and warmed to the idea of talking to me. The more we chatted, the more her demeanour brightened and I think she was comfortable enough to be her friendly self. Keeping an eye out for a workable background, I stopped her in front of a plain stone wall and had her pose. We talked a little about cameras and she pointed out the Canon store that was just behind her. Then she told me that she had borrowed her dad’s DSLR for an African safari she had recently been on, pulling out her phone to show me the wonderful images she had captured of the magnificent African wildlife. It was great to have a photography exchange with Alisha and I was impressed with how kind and generous she was with her time.