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May 01, 2012 07:58 |  #91

I just looked through some of your photos. I really hope that you gave stranger no. 33 a card. She belongs in front of a camera.


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May 01, 2012 18:15 |  #92

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Yeah, I'm considering switching back to the old format, I'll have to see, how it fits on my future shots.

As for the light, I don't use anything at all but the natural light :)

CHRIS269, Thank you/danke.
Almost all images appeared wonderful natural light but I thought there may have been a bit of supplemental reflector light, having seem some catch light in the top half of the pupils/eyes of many of the subjects.
Thanks again for explaining/clarifying the lighting.

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May 07, 2012 10:40 |  #93

Your very welcome :)

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May 07, 2012 11:41 |  #94

Behind each of your strangers’ faces is a story… A mime so silent but yet so telling.

You have captured the real person behind the "mask", which can't be white washed - this fellow’s sad & worried soul, as indicated through the eyes and crows feet wrinkles on the side & underneath of his eyes perimeters and combined with a furrowed brow maybe evolved from what might reflect a chronic disbelief of life.
(The eyes so important & revealing aspect in portrait/people photography).
Interesting image…


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May 23, 2012 12:15 |  #95

Back to the old format, at least for a while :)

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May 23, 2012 13:04 |  #96

I really love this thread. Great job, Chris. I like that you went back to the old format.


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May 23, 2012 21:50 as a reply to  @ AvailableLight's post |  #97

What an awesome series of shots. I really admire this project.


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May 27, 2012 07:45 |  #98

Thanks for your comments :)

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May 30, 2012 11:24 |  #99

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May 30, 2012 13:17 as a reply to  @ chris269's post |  #100

A down town guy


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May 30, 2012 13:22 |  #101

Great project Chris.

The majority of your subjects appear to be 20 something. I can see not asking underage strangers for portraits, that would be creepy. But do older people turn you down?



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Jun 04, 2012 11:31 |  #102

HoosierJoe wrote in post #14506700 (external link)
Great project Chris.

The majority of your subjects appear to be 20 something. I can see not asking underage strangers for portraits, that would be creepy. But do older people turn you down?

In Germany, there are two ways to talk to people, an unformal "du" which is very personal and common along young people and people that know each other and a formal "sie", which is for people you don't know and for most business relationships. When I talk to young people, it's easier for me to talk to them with the unformal form, as it's a more relaxed atmoshpehre from the beginning. "Older" (say 30+) people, I adress with "sie", which makes it much more difficult for me to approach them. So I usually stick to people my age, I have asked very few older people (see stranger portrait No. 49), and I don't think, this is going to change significantly, sorry...

Anyway, here is No. 59, also in her 20s :D

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Jun 04, 2012 14:48 |  #103

HoosierJoe wrote in post #14506700 (external link)
Great project Chris.

The majority of your subjects appear to be 20 something. I can see not asking underage strangers for portraits, that would be creepy. But do older people turn you down?

From what I've read from other photographers doing stranger projects, younger people do tend to respond more favorably. It makes sense that they're more adventurous and probably less likely to be in a hurry somewhere or with their families, etc.


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Jun 04, 2012 16:50 |  #104

I'll add to that, and say from my experience the ~35-55 age bracket tends to be the most standoffish. I've had the occasional older person say no (usually when they're with their grown 'children') but for the most part they seem pretty easy going. I'd probably be a lot more laid back if I was retired too :D


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Jun 07, 2012 10:31 |  #105

chris269 wrote in post #14529468 (external link)
In Germany, there are two ways to talk to people, an unformal "du" which is very personal and common along young people and people that know each other and a formal "sie", which is for people you don't know and for most business relationships. When I talk to young people, it's easier for me to talk to them with the unformal form, as it's a more relaxed atmoshpehre from the beginning. "Older" (say 30+) people, I adress with "sie", which makes it much more difficult for me to approach them. So I usually stick to people my age, I have asked very few older people (see stranger portrait No. 49), and I don't think, this is going to change significantly, sorry...

Anyway, here is No. 59, also in her 20s :D


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Too bad, I'll ask anyone who looks open to it. You shouldn't be afraid of people because they are older. Some of us aren't so bad once you get to know us. Good thing is, one day you will be older and realise how incorrect your preconceived notions are. I probably thought the same way when I was your age.

Anyway. Another downtown person. Really nice guy. Said his name was KT.


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