After I shot Bari (Stranger 28) I made my way back to the BART to head to my hotel. As I was walking I heard the loudest mexican music coming from a bar across the street. El Tin-Tan was the name of the bar and from the outside it looked a little shifty. When I entered though I felt right at home. I, of course, grew up with the same type music blaring out onto the streets. At the end of my pint of Sol I noticed Magaly and realized the birthday balloons set up all around the bar were for her. She radiated joy in that dark place and everyone was showering her with kisses that I had to capture her in that moment. Although I'd already shot my 'Stranger' for the day she didn't really prevent me from doing the extra work.
hat's this all about? It's an ambitious personal project to make a portrait of a someone I've never met before in my life every day for the span of one year.