stranger #100: Angel

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    this may seem a bit anti-climatic to most of you. (in fact, i'm pretty sure no one even follows my flickr anymore. i know i don't even follow my own). but, when i started this project back in 2007, i knew it would be a challenge, and that i would eventually finish it. i've seen hundreds of people start and quit, and start and finish this project YEARS before i did. really. 100 strangers made me nervous, shy, apprehensive...all of it. i looked forward to completing it and meeting each person, but each and every time i shot a stranger, the nerves came back. i'd say i really enjoyed about 99% of the people, (i hope you can all guess the ONE that was not a good one!!) which says a lot about people. so, if anyone is out there anymore, THIS is my 100th stranger!! yes, i shot this way back in july--you know--i'm a slacker. just getting around to uploading now.

    i learned about myself too. of course, the nerves, etc. were a huge factor here. but something else occurred. i learned that photographers are not only people with big fancy cameras and lenses and know about f-stops and apertures. well, maybe they are. and if so, maybe i'm not a photographer. because i don't care about any of that, and i was able to successfully capture images of 100 strangers, and furthermore, to get their short story across...most of the time anyway. and i usually did it with a point and shoot. i think that art, photography, whatever--is totally subjective, and that there are a million ways to get an image across. film, digital, iPhone, whatever. one doesn't make you better. it just makes you YOU. you know?

    so doing this project somehow made it ok to be like that. i often told complete strangers that i was doing a "photography project" and had to show confidence in my craft---even when using a beat up lil camera. that was HARD! i had to convince them of my project, and therefore muster up confidence in myself. overall-i think i did ok w/ it. a wise friend once said: "its not the wand, it's the wizard", and perhaps that's true.

    i also started LOOKING at people differently as a result of this project. where are they going? what is their story? why are they so happy/sad?..... i've always been intrigued by people, and this really opened my awareness. i learned how to approach them and not be intimidating. i felt it was important not to always choose the "expected"...very bizarre looking person....but sometimes, the everyday person was "my perfect stranger". i became aware of the idea of exploitation, and didn't shoot pics of the interesting homeless characters just because they "looked cool."

    will i ever do this project again? hell no. but i have another one up my sleeve. if i ever get back on flickr regularly, that is.
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    stranger #100: Angel. I do not know a lot about this amazing person. What I do know, I adore. Angel was part of the crew for the Monserrat, which was our boat in the Galapagos Islands. He welcomed us when we got off the bus in this "panga"/dingy boat and took us to the main boat. His smile greeted us every day we were there, and he happily shuttled us from island to island. He watched over us as we snorkeled...scanning the water for sharks (although that was never said). There were a few somewhat scary incidents in which the engine on our "panga" died (flooded?) and we were left to float...out there...alone...in the waves....600 miles in the middle of the ocean...yah. Angel remained calm and tried over and over again to pull start the engine--never showing any fear. I know that he is Ecuadorian, and that he speaks very little english, and that he is an incredible asset to this team. Thank you for letting me shoot you for my 100th stranger, Angel. You truly are. :)

    here's my full set of 100: www.flickr.com/photos/artsyt/sets/72157603410944930/with/...

    go check out other strangers at www.100strangers.com

    Al Fed, .brianday, Yann Beauson, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. thennif 43 months ago | reply

      Yeah T!!!! Many people still follow your flickr...and are looking forward to when you are back.

    2. Al Fed 43 months ago | reply

      What a great person and a great name for your 100th stranger! Congrats on completing it. And thank you for your résumé - I enjoyed reading it very much.

    3. drmaccon 43 months ago | reply

      A really nice way to finish the project.
      I really enjoyed reading your story of where the project took you, and it feels like you really got something out of it.
      Interested to hear about your new venture post 100 strangers!
      Well done on carrying the project through to completion. Kudos duly given.
      :)

    4. .brianday 43 months ago | reply

      If anyone here has the fortitude to finish one if these projects, it's you. Big congrats, T.

      So you haven't been on Flickr in a while, but I'm guessing a camera has not been far from your reach. You've got a whole summer to share... :)

    5. Dorn Gallatin 43 months ago | reply

      Yay!! Congrats. T, Miss your smiling face!

    6. espressoDOM 43 months ago | reply

      nice one.... miss ya

    7. KT of Lake Orion 43 months ago | reply

      Congratulations, Tina! You did a fabulous job with this project.
      And just for the record, I look at your Flirck stream ;)

    8. green-dinosaur 43 months ago | reply

      Well done - for sticking with the project, for facing your fears, and for growing in your art.
      Inspriing write up, lovely number 100.

      Good luck with your next project - and enjoy!

    9. paintedpaper 43 months ago | reply

      Congrats on overcoming fears, and finishing a long project!
      PS by the way flickr is the only site I can view at school so yes I do drop by often to be inspired! Have a great school year. :)

    10. The Urban Scot 43 months ago | reply

      Superb on ending your project - I wasn't on flickr when you started this so missed a lot of your shots - had a look through and you have quite a collection of individuals -well done :)

    11. Ray-48 43 months ago | reply

      Congratulations, Tina. A great project finished.

    12. 3cala 43 months ago | reply

      you still have lots of flickr stalkers...er, followers, me included. I appreciate the wise words you posted here and the fact that you always post thoughts along with your photos. I never take the time to do that.

      and, no pressure, but I can't wait to see what your next project is.

    13. Fotofaust23 42 months ago | reply

      I follow and you along with many others bring me inspiration to shoot and learn. Great job on the series. I understand the frustrations that come with a project like this. I too started my own project - School Days - trying to capture an image of my daughters everyday of their school year... that's 186 images. I'm 17 days into it and I'm already running out of ideas. But just like you I won't give up... and thank you for not giving up... on this and your next project!

    14. gracieshoots 42 months ago | reply

      yay you! what a great finish!
      i've drifted a bit from flickrworld, but i like to see what adventures you're up to...hope to get a glimpse at your kiddos' art as the year rolls by. and as long as you're having fun that's all that matters!

    15. Kim.Kozlowski 40 months ago | reply

      fantatic finish, a challenging project i know would be very difficult for me, congrats!

    16. Esther17 39 months ago | reply

      a project i could never do, but you did it so wonderfully! thank you for sharing it with us, and congrats (a little late, i know) on finishing! :-)

    17. Artificial Watermark 38 months ago | reply

      but then there are those who don't follow it any less

    18. Orlando Photo Chic 38 months ago | reply

      I still follow you! And I remember always checking out your stranger shots. I'd always ask myself if I could do that. I'd like to try sometime. Great work! Seems like Flickr isn't quite the bustling hub that it used to be for many of us but I still keep up with your stuff. Thanks for sharing!!

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