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Stranger 80/100 - CJ | by Dan Russell-Pinson
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Stranger 80/100 - CJ

Stranger 80/100 - CJ


“Don’t let society dictate or mold you…”


Meet CJ.


What advice would you give to your younger self? “Stay original. Stay true to who you really are. Don’t let society dictate or mold you in any other way.”


Have you always thought that way? “I say it’s 50/50. I’ve always felt that way in some odd sense, but I stay true to who I am and have the outlook of positivity.”


Does it come easy to you? “Not always, no, because the world has a very big impact on the ways you think and see things and interpret, so you have to be able to project it better than you may have taken it in as.”


What is your biggest challenge right now? “A lack of knowledge… lack of knowledge of other cultures, other histories. Just to find the truth of all… of all life, of self and just unity and humanity.”


Is that possible? “You know we laugh about it and we joke and these day and times it seems it’s far fetched, it truly does. But…”


Maybe we’re getting there… “I believe we’re there, but it needs to be a more of a unification. You know, we need to come together more so than what we have. For certain reasons and situations and look past the outer aspects of it all and look for the inner aspects of it all. We can get there. I believe we can get there.”


Where do you want to be in ten years? “Married to my fiancé, financially stable, and on an island somewhere… and just seeing the betterment of humanity… seeing the world more coming together and equality. Ten years is a long time… you may not think, but a lot can change in ten years.”


Oh yeah. A lot can change in a month…. “It’s true. Good point. {laughs}”


If you could put a billboard up in Charlotte, what would it say? “Think.”


Technical Notes: We were in a well-lit, open plaza, and I used a reflector to light up CJ’s face.



This picture is #80 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


This photo also appears in The Human Family Page

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Taken on April 13, 2018