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August 09, 2011

Two-faced Tuesday

So I'm starting this new photography project called 100 Strangers. Basically you are have to walk up to random people, ask to take their photo& then learn a bit about them. Now, I want desperately to do it the right way. I really am going to try very hard to do it. Chances are good, however, that I will be unable to constantly (once a week) ask random people if I can take their photos. Hence my slight twist by calling this Two-faced Tuesday. I'm going to, when I can, ask a stranger for their photo but when I can't? I'm just going to randomly snap a photo of a stranger who catches my eye then make up their story. Sound like fun yet, people?! For the record, I will always distinguish between the real story& my interpretation of their life story. The vantage point (up close vs. from a distance) alone should tell you which is which but I promise to be clear about it!

Shockingly enough, my first photo for this thing is actually a person I spoke to. Although not a complete stranger in the sense that think I probably should know him seeing as he was at a baby shower at my boyfriend's house. Regardless, I didn't. You know what I learned about him? He is really funny& nice. Oh, and he can cross one eye. A skill I could never master. I try crossing my eyes& get an instant headache! I asked him if I could take his photo& to give me his best look. This is what I got in return.

So funny!
I love this shot :)

Did I learn a name? No. Why? I am always scared when people show up at Garret's that I've already met them a ton of times& just cannot remember. I really need to work on my face recall. I need to have spoken to you a lot or meet you several hundred times before I have any facial recognition. I should work on that.

Aside from my crappy memory of people, this project could end up being really fun! Has anyone out there tried this yet? Ever even heard of it? I completely forget how I found out about it but I am glad I did! If you guys tried it, leave a link to your photos (assuming they are online somewhere) so I can check them out :)

9 comments:

J Hodd said...

Neat! I'm not sure I'd be able to do something like this. I hate approaching people I don't know... actually I just hate trying to talk to people in general!

Yvonne said...

Hahaha me too, Jess. I'm hoping this will help me get over it. Plus I started with an easy one!

TriGirl said...

You're a brave soul and that's a funny picture!

Laura said...

This sounds like such a cool project! I bet you are going to come across a lot of random stories and I like the idea of making up a story if you don't get the chance to talk to them. I do that on the subway everyday, I try to figure out who people are and why they chose to wear what they are wearing or do what they are doing, etc.

Allison said...

funny photo... interesting idea... love the title! xo

Yvonne said...

Tri-girl: thanks! We'll see how brave I am by next Tuesday ;)

Laura- that's awesome! Hope you check back& see if I'm as good as coming up with stories for strangers as you are!

Momma- thanks ;D

Danelle said...

I love this idea. Might have to try it!

The Skirted Wordsmith said...

This is such a good idea I might actually borrow it if I can grow the ballz. I can't wait to hear how it goes for you!

Yvonne said...

Feel free to steal, ladies! It should be an exciting challenge.