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Aliya (Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts)

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Technically, she was not a total stranger when I took this photo. I met Aliya and her friend at a bus stop on Sunday, my first day on Martha's Vineyard, and took some photos of them. I wasn't quite happy with the light and the focus even though Aliya gave me some amazing expressions so when the next day I bumped into them again I asked for a do-over. I think they were even more surprised the second time around but agreed anyway.


Part of my just conceived "Street Portraits" set although the way this is going I might have to rename it "Beautiful Strangers" and start separate sets for the homeless, eccentric, elderly and so on.

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Taken on June 19, 2012