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Rick | by Valette
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Stranger #9


Rick is from Sitka, but was recently in Fairbanks and then Seward for some training. He was looking forward to getting back home.


I have noticed that I have photos of more men than women, so today I set out to specifically shoot a woman stranger. Most of the people I walked past were men, and the two women I did cross paths with weren't interested in having their photo taken. One even said, "Oh, not without my makeup!"


I've had this experience with women before; I've had at least four women decline a photo (which is completely fine and I honor that), one of whom allowed a photo but changed her mind when I told her it would be on the internet. Not one of the men I've approached have declined.


Are women just more self-conscious about their looks? Are men more open to talking with a woman and then more comfortable with a photograph? I've not gotten the sense that they were excited to get my card with my email address so they could hook up with me for a date (for statistical purposes, that has never happened).


Am I more likely to approach a man who smiles at me than a woman who is minding her own business? It is in the way I approach people? How can I help women become more comfortable with me photographing them?

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Taken on April 7, 2008