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 77: Yvonne

Yvonne was waiting patiently for a bus when I surprised her with a request for a photograph.  She's an event planner for a company in Midtown.  

At about this point I'm starting to lose a little faith in my composition and technical skills in this project.  I've been shooting exclusively with my 50mm f/1.4 for the past couple weeks as an exercise and practice in making it second nature to how I see the world.  I'm unhappy with most of what I've put out in these two weeks.  It seems boring and lacks creativity.  My excuse has been that a majority of these have been done in less than a minute because I (or the subject) am very limited for time.  They're sort of becoming drive-by portraits.  I've found that I can connect with even the most skeptical and photo shy people and get them to relax most of the time.  This I know is a tough thing for most people to work at but I find it very easy.  The problem is my creativity.  My use of light and composition.  Technique and craftsmanship.  I keep these things in mind but then fall back on my excuse of  "I've gotta just get this done because I'm really busy today."  But how important is nurturing my creativity?  Just as important as all the other responsibilities in my life surely.  Right? As a guy who's trying to make something new every day my happiness somewhat starts to rely on how creatively I'm working.  How am I going to make the next one different from the last?  Or how am I going to improve upon the latest discovery?