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Stranger #7: Sierra | by John Piazza
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Stranger #7: Sierra

I had thought that Las Vegas would be a great place to take Stranger portraits, but honestly, I found people in general to be less approachable. Even though people are on vacation here, and perhaps a bit more relaxed than during their everyday lives, there is also an element of aggression in the air, or maybe people know they are doing something “wrong” and don’t want some photographer documenting their trip. I could be wrong, but the feel of the place kind of caught me by surprise.


For the people who work in Vegas, however, it is just another day, and I found many of the locals to be much more at ease. While I was walking around a mall one day, I came across a display for the work of photographer Rodney Lough Jr. Two young women were working at the display, and I was asking them about the pictures. They told me that he took his photos with film (which, to someone younger than I am, is remarkable if not strange). I said I was also shooting film, and asked if they would be a part of my project. They both agreed, and I asked them to stand next to the photo they liked the best, and they agreed that the photo of the Oak tree was their favorite. Because of the strange light coming from the mall interior lights and the light reflected off the photo (which may have been an illuminated transparency???), only Sierra’s face came out, but I want to thank both Sierra and Marissa for their willingness to be a part of my project.


This picture is #7 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page


Technicals: Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 with a Yashica 50mm, ML f/1.7 (series 1) lens. Kodak Portra 800 shot at 1600 and pushed one stop in the lab (SF Photoworks). 1/125 sec at ~f/8


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Taken on September 1, 2012