This portrait was another second-chance opportunity. I had seen this woman a few days prior but was not able to speak to her before she vanished, seemingly into thin air in the middle of a city block. I had turned away for a moment, and when I turned back, she was gone. When I saw her the second time, I approached without hesitation.
This is Joelle. When I explained my intentions, she had actually heard of the “100 Strangers Project” through her art school friends. That was a first for me! She was flattered that I approached her but had a hard time relaxing for the camera. The photo above is one that captured her blue eyes and hesitant smile the best. Off camera, Joelle was very engaging and quick to smile. She works at a real estate broker’s office near where I saw her the first time, which explained her exceptional Houdini act.
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