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I had parked my truck on an adjacent street to the Wilmington National Cemetery and got out of my truck to walk to the entrance. As I walked up 20th Street. John hand exited a house and began to walk the same way. As John approached me I greeted him and he noticed my camera and gear in hand. I explained to him that I was heading to the cemetery to take a few photographs for my Project 365 and then told him that I was also doing a 100 Strangers project. I asked John if he would mind if I photographed him for my 100 Strangers project, and he agreed to permit me to take his photograph. Turns out John does video work for Parallellogram here in Wilmington. You never know who you will meet or how something can turn into a great networking opportunity.



Find out more about the 100 Stragers Project by clicking here to visit the website or by clicking here to visit the 100 Strangers group on Flickr.


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  • Alberto Giomix 4y

  • b*runnegger 4y

    A really nice project! How do people react when you ask them for a picture?

  • Eric Adeleye 4y

    b*runnegger Thank you for your comments. I started the 100 Strangers project to in part help me discover new ideas for my Project 365 which I have been doing for a while now. People seem to react positive for the most part. I find asking people for their photograph while they are working doesn't work well. A person doesn't have time to chat about themselves if they are on the clock. Most times when I'm out looking for a stranger to photograph I have my camera in tow, so the camera serves as an ice breaker. I also made a mini 12-page portfolio booklet to carry around so that I can show people my photography work on the spot. I have a larger portfolio book, but it is way too big to carry around and effectively take photographs without someone stealing it. The 100 Strangers project is benefiting me in good ways. I'm meeting new people in my community and running into other professionals and artist too that I didn't know about. I'm also improving my people skills by overcoming the fear of photographing strangers. Street Photography is totally new to me, so this is easing me into that genre which is on my list of subjects to explore.
  • Eric Adeleye 4y

    Alberto Giomix Than you for your comments.
  • Jacques Place 4y

    Tous mes voeux pour cette nouvelle année! Happy new year!
  • Skip Pudney 4y

    Eric, thanks for the explaination and thinking behind your 100 Strangers. This facinates me and, as you said, it's an interesting way to meet the people we see every day.
  • Eric Adeleye 4y

    Skip Pudney You are welcome Skip. Happy New Years to you and your family. How have you been doing? I need to get out to one of the photography club meetings soon.
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Taken on December 31, 2011
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