I’ve been focusing predominantly on wedding photography of late, and I’ve been aware that by just shooting one thing, often, it’s possible to become creatively quite stale. I’ve started the 50 Perfect strangers project to counteract that. The idea of the project is quite simple. Throughout the course of any day, we all see many, many interesting people who we don’t know. It’s difficult to break down the social boundaries that stop us from approaching a total stranger and talking to them, it’s even more difficult to ask them if they will let you photograph them. This project is to encourage me out of my comfort zone. It’s to force me to approach the people that previously, I’ve only imagined talking pictures of. The results will hopefully be quite interesting – I hope you enjoy them.
My first subject is Stardust. He was engrossed in a game of chess, on the street, just outside the Leeds City Art Gallery. I sat and watched them play for a while, then asked if he minded if I took his portrait. The shots of the game, and the portraits are below – I’d really appreciate any feedback.
If you’d like to see how the rest of the project is going, the page for them is here.
By Mark J. Hillyer, Yorkshire Wedding Photographer