Strangers

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.

Stranger 46: Billy

This is Billy.  Or is that really his name?  I was standing at his store by the fruit waiting for the right person to walk by and shoot as he stood on the edge of the sidewalk and watched me.  Nothing was happening so I broke the ice and started chatting with him.  At some point in the conversation the project came up and I just asked him if I could take his picture in front of all this fruit.  

He's originally from Turkey and was a little surprised when I told him I toured to Izmir and Istanbul within the past two years.  He and another guy owned this deli that's been around for years.  

I considered not even putting this shot up because I think it's embarrassingly awful technically. No offense to you Billy.  You were perfect. Really.  It was a lesson in not procrastinating and being more deliberate in my compositions.  Ah! Tomorrow is another day right?