100 Strangers - Mark Reierson
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045.100  Erik

045.100 Erik

This is Erik. I watched him for a while as I was photographing the BMXers at the skate park. Since there weren’t a lot of people with skateboards at the park on this day, he stood out. Aside from his skills on a board, something else stood out with Erik, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. When I approached him to ask if I could photograph him while he did his thing, I mentioned that he looked a bit out of place here at the park (of course not nearly as out of place as I was). He laughed and said that he’s an engineer and works close by, and that he enjoys getting out of his office on nice days to come here and relax before “putting his engineer costume back on.” I had a good laugh at that. I photographed him for a while as he moved around the park and then made this portrait. Erik contacted me for his photo a short time later and we ended up scheduling another photoshoot. He wants to have something to show his kids and grandkids to prove he used to be cool, so we spent an entire lunch hour shooting in the park. It was a great experience; I got to try a variety of different techniques, including flash, and Erik got some photos for posterity.