100 Strangers - Mark Reierson
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090.100 Sarah

090.100 Sarah

While walking along the train platform beside a building, I saw two women taking a smoke break, but I passed them by. Train stations are typically difficult places to photograph because people are often in a hurry and the arrival of a train will abruptly end a conversation. However, as the train pulled away I glanced back, and seeing them still standing together, backtracked to approach them. They told me they’re on break from training to be servers at a local restaurant: along with 12 others, they’ve been training all week and will be tested tomorrow on what they’ve learned. They gave me the low down on all the tasks they would be responsible for and all the things they had to try to remember, leaving me with a renewed appreciation for how difficult the service industry can be.

This is Sarah. She was standing with Kate (089) on her break. The dark background that worked so well with Kate’s platinum pixie cut wouldn’t do anything for Sarah’s sleek dark hair, so we shifted along the train station until we were in front of a glass wall. I was glad to have Kate to help with the reflector as it really helped make the tawny tones in Sarah’s eyes pop.

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