As I've mentioned before, I've been trying to get a shot of a woman with a headscarf on various occasions before, but been declined without fail. They're part of our society, but somehow I have the feeling that they often remain invisible to the majority, with no face and no story.
So, I'm happy to finally present Meryem. However, things didn't start easy: She was walking with a friend and when I approached her for a photo, she declined saying they were in a hurry. I told her I only needed a minute or two and explained the Project. Again, Meryem declined.
It's gonna be a great photo, I told her and asked if it would be of any help if I showed her some of my other shots. Meryem then asked if she'd get a link to the photo. Of course, I told her, you're gonna get a card with my name and the link on it - whether you agree or not.
Ok, Meryem said, and I was excited to grab a few quick shots. Her friend wanted to see the photo on the camera. Oh, that's nice, she said to Meryem, look. The friend wanted to know a little bit more about the Project and I answered her questions briefly, as they needed to get going again.
I regret there wasn't more time to get to know Meryem just a little bit, but I'm happy I got the photo.
Meryem, thank you very much for supporting my Project. I have two more shots that I think are charming, just pass me your email.
Find out more about the project at the group page 100 Strangers.
For all strangers unfamiliar with flickr: You can easily see yourself and all my other strangers in my 100 Strangers set here.