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Portrait 30/100:  Chris | by ivan | sciupac
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Portrait 30/100: Chris

One of the great lessons I have learned from the great street and portrait masters when performing the inherently awkward act of stopping people and asking to take their photo is this: be complimentary.

 

So many people in DC and specifically Adams Morgan have a great, distinctive style. Chris was one of those kinds of people. He was on his way home to 15th and Euclid when I saw him and said, “Awesome glasses!” And they were.

 

He immediately stopped, I told him what I was doing, and he eagerly agreed to take part in the project. He must have been a model in another life since his poses were so deliberate yet natural. And I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that yes, I liked seeing myself in the reflection. Not because of vanity -- though I have plenty of that -- but because it served as a great reminder of the two-way nature of this project, of the connection photographer and subject can make.

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Taken on July 30, 2011