100 Strangers - Mark Reierson
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048.100 Rex

048.100 Rex

As this project develops for me and I grow in confidence, I have slowly grown in my ability to talk to people. I’ve found myself occasionally making light conversation with people with no intention of photographing them, but simply for the sake of being friendly. This photo came about because of one of those occasions.

This is Rex. I had seen him many times while I people-watched on the street and finally introduced myself one day. After that I began to stop and talk with Rex every time I saw him on the street. At some point, he told me he used to do photography when he was younger, but had to give it up as his hands decreased in dexterity. Eventually he asked me if I was ever going to take his photograph; although I didn’t think I’d end up making Rex’s portrait when I first saw him, I would never have had the courage to make a new friend like this if it hadn’t been for the experience I’ve gained from this project, so I’m happy to include him here.

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