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The first Stranger was a big step and the second seemed equally as huge. This time, I was on transit making my way home when I noticed a sharply dressed guy in a grey woolen coat and a black fedora enter the train. Nervously, I hesitated, building up the courage to talk with him. Finally, I commented on his hat, he responded happily and we both lamented hats were not in common fashion anymore. At this point I asked him if he would like to participate in my project, to which he agreed. Fortunately for me, he was heading to the same destination so we had a few minutes to talk and I had the opportunity to get to know him a little bit.
This is Isaac. His hobby is writing fiction, he was working on a three part project, which he described as a convoluted "post-modern" story. It sounded very interesting and I regret not digging deeper into his story. He related that he had written large parts of the story but then scrapped it and started again. Writing was his passion and he wrote for the shear pleasure of it. He had no plans to publish and, in fact, considered himself an "idealistic romantic" regarding the craft and felt that publishing would diminish his art.
Another positive encounter and one that began to open my eyes to the fact that people can be quite open about their lives when given a chance. Thank you Isaac
***Constructive Critiques Welcome*** I am here to learn...
The light was very flat that afternoon, I took some shots of him and we were walking away I noticed a bit better light at a different angle and was able to make the above portrait.
ISO 100 | 50mm | f4.5 | 1/160sec
EDIT: Converted to B&W in Silver Efex Pro2
Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page.
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