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Stranger #40 - Surya

May 10, 2012
I was able to get a few hours in shooting portraits on the streets since the whole week pretty much rained. Aside from that, I've been busy getting scouting locations for a paid shoot I'm doing in a few weeks. I began my adventure wondering up a few blocks from my usual location and found this guy sitting on a bench across from a record shop. I studied him from afar to see if anything caught my eye. Noticed he was wearing a bright yellow-whitish fedora and I was immediately drawn to him. I crossed the street and right away complemented him on his cool hat.

"Thanks! My hat is actually made out of pure paper". He responded when I complemented his fedora.

Everyone, please meet Surya (pronounced SOOR-yuh)!

Surya, which means "Sun God" in Hindu, is currently from India visiting America so he can raise money for his non-profit organization called B'Care. B'Care's main mission is to prevent further transmission of HIV in the global community. He tells me the organization helps individual cope with the AIDS virus my providing information, therapy, and counseling. Surya says he's also trying to get together a bike ride called AIDS Ride 2012 to help spread the message of AIDS.

Aside from his organization, Surya is actually an artist at heart. He loves photography, but painting portraits and landscapes are his expertise. I handed over my business card to him so he could check out some of my artwork online. He happily agreed.

Thanks for the cool encounter Surya and being part of my "100 Strangers" project! I'll certainly e-mail you your photo. Best of luck to you in your cure for AIDS.

Camera: Nikon D90
Shutter: 1/1,250th
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 105mm
ISO: 200

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#100strangers +SE Blackwell +kim scianghetti #100strangersproject
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Excellent capture +Matt Moser, glad you put up both B&W and the color...hard choice which I like better!
Thanks +kim scianghetti! I had a hard time deciding which one I wanted to use for the stranger project.
I bet, not only a choice between B&W and color, but they show different sides of his personality.
+Matt Moser Did the previous comment on my iPhone, missed the B&W image there, my favorite now that I've seen it, especially like your reflection.
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