100 Strangers - Mark Reierson
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008.100 Andie

008.100 Andie

I was drawn to this woman’s bright scarf and intense gaze; when I first saw her she was standing next to a bank looking intently down the street. I hesitated for a moment before I approached, unsure of what her reaction would be. All my worry was for naught, because as I came up and greeted her, she smiled broadly and was very friendly.

This is Andie. When I explained what I was doing and asked if I could make a portrait of her, she vehemently insisted that she was not photogenic. I asked about her previous photo experiences and she admitted that they were mostly candid photos, she had not done any formal portraiture before. It took me the better part of five minutes to convince her that she is indeed photogenic and she finally relented and agreed to pose. After making a few frames, I showed her the back of my screen on one of the better photos and she gasped a little and admitted that her photo was much better than she thought possible. A few weeks later, she emailed me asking for a copy of the photo. A few months after that, I ran into Andie again: still friendly and cheerful, she thanked me for her photo, though continued to be slightly bashful about being photogenic.

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