Environmental PortraitSeptember 20, 2016
I am taking a class, why you ask? It's simple really, as a creative, either I am learning and growing in my craft or I am stale and stagnate. Taking a class, learning new things and being forced by assignments to step out of the box of what I normally create is just exciting to me.
The first assignment was for us to create a photograph of a stranger. The key word here is to CREATE a photograph. It was not to be a street image, where you take a photograph of something going on around you, but instead you actually had to introduce yourself to someone and ask them if you could create a photo of them.
Anyone who has met me knows talking to a stranger is nothing new to me. I converse, or speak to people I don't know all the time. I make it a habit to say at least one kind thing to someone everyday. Even as outgoing as I am, this assignment gave me pause. I had to look at the light around me to find the best light, or even create good light on the fly. That is much different than saying "Hello, may I take a quick photograph of you?"
I was having a hot chocolate last Monday morning, at Conversations Coffee Bar re-reading over my assignment and wondering where I was going to find a stranger. It suddenly dawned on me that I didn't know either employee of the Coffee Bar.
With some slight reservations, I asked if they would be willing to be photographed. Chris was willing. I happened to have my gear from a session still in the van, and in a matter of a few moments we created this image:
I love the final result, and even better it received good reviews from my instructor. Thanks to Chris and Conversations Coffee Bar. If you have not checked them out in Downtown Wylie, TX you really should. 10:51 AM