Inspiration doesn’t usually come from thin-air. At least, it rarely does for me.
My latest photography adventure/challenge is coming directly from one of my new “mentors”, Brandon Stanton, the creator of the very popular Street Photography blog Humans of New York.
When a friend of mine emailed me a link to the HONY site, within minutes I was in love. And within minutes after that, I had registered the domain www.humansofnelsonbc.ca.
And on my lunch break, that very same day, I grabbed my EM-5 and headed out the door with my heart pounding in my chest thinking about what I was about to do – ask a complete stranger, “May I take your photo?”
The first person said, “No thanks.”
But I didn’t give up. The project was just too appealing for me to head back to the cave of safety.
The next person said “Sure.”
Now I was hooked.
Then I asked this lady to take her photo through the shop window…
A few minutes later I asked this gentleman…
Jump ahead a month or so and I have 71 portraits. And I have started to get up the nerve to talk to people and get their story – which is sometimes used as a caption to the image.
And every day I upload these photos to my SmugMug site, and onto the Humans of Nelson BC Facebook page – where I have a growing audience that seems to be enjoying the photos and stories as much as I am.
The plan (right now) is to take 1000 portraits of strangers in my small, eclectic town in rural British Columbia.
Through this work I’m learning a lot about street photography, portrait photography, humanity, and mostly about myself – and I hope to share some of my insights with you through this blog.