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+Annie Irving got her second #100strangers  photo in Peru!  Please read the story below of her encounter with Henry and enjoy this beautiful image.  We love Henry's smile and are looking forward to seeing more of Annie's collection!

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If you are interested in learning more about the #100strangersproject  we invite you to add us to your circles, read our About page and join in!  If you post a photo, please include +kim scianghetti & +SE Blackwell so we are sure to see your image.
 
Meet Henry. He's 28, married with a 3-year-old son and he lives in the city of Trujillo, in northern Peru. Henry works as a tour guide and he's a really great guy. He knows his local history really well, and its obvious he is passionately proud of his city, his people and their culture. And he's a really fun guy, with a very infectious laugh.

For my #100strangers project, curated by +SE Blackwell and +kim scianghetti. 
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An interesting character caught by +Deana Otto ...you never know when an assertive approach will work :)
 
18/100 Turtle

Part of the   #100strangersproject  as curated by +SE Blackwell & +kim scianghetti.

This is Turtle.  He was trying to impress us by saying he was going to throw gang signs and asked us to take his picture while we were on our East Boston photowalk.  Everyone else kept going, trying to just ignore him.  I actually stopped and took him up on his offer.  At first he was trying to be goofy and throw fake gang signs, but I made him stand there for a minute before I took my photo, and I also introduced myself and made him shake my hand.  He got a bit more docile, then and gave me his real nickname and seemed amused by the fact I didn't use a flash.

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Great story and portrait, well done +Deana Otto 
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Nothing better than smiling strangers, co-curator +SE Blackwell  finds some of the happiest strangers!
 
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Meet Ernie, his wife Dora and their dachshund, Ken Hans.  Scott and I met them while walking along the docks along the intracoastal waterway.  We struck up a conversation with them and learned that they moved to Topsail Island about 15 years ago and are now full time residents.  They were so much fun to talk to, so friendly.  As we were saying our goodbyes I said, "Would you mind if I get a photo of you?  I like to take pictures of the people I meet."  As you can see, they were happy to oblige.  (I stole that line from another G+ photographer!!)

Ernie <16/100> and Dora <17/100> #100strangers  #100strangersproject 

To learn more about this project, check out our page +100 Strangers Project or contact the curators +kim scianghetti & +SE Blackwell 
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Unique stranger shot from +Caiti Begin ~ guess you never know where you'll stumble across your local UPS guy :)
 
#100strangersproject  (+100 Strangers Project) curated by +SE Blackwell and +kim scianghetti 
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Stranger 5 of 100

This is Roger. I met Roger while on an impromptu walk through the woods. Roger was on his lunch break, relaxing and trying to catch some fish. I watched him catch two from another part of the pond and decided to go over and say hi. He was very nice and also takes photos, he knew my camera was a Nikon by it's sound! He was after a big fish hiding under the pond lilies and laughed when I tried calling, "Here fishy fishy fishy!" to get it to come out. 
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Another very cool image from +Annie Irving and her trip to Peru.  Read more about the story behind the photo ...

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Interested in learning more about the #100strangersproject  ?  Circle our page and read the "About" section!  +kim scianghetti and +SE Blackwell would love to see your image, so be sure to tag them!
 
 
Meet Tamay. He's a potter and painter, creating replicas of the amazing finds from the various archaeological sites in and around the city of Trujillo, in northern Peru. His pots are made at his home but he has a little workshop/shop at Huaca Arco Iris, site of an ancient pyramid of the Chimu culture, where he paints his pots and chats to the strangers he meets from all over the world. I love the life in his face and, of course, I bought one of his beautiful pots.

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I love to hear these kinds of stories, you never know how much we can touch someone's life with such a simple, kind jester...wonderful street portrait and story by +Steven Sherwin ...hope this is motivation for more of you to get out there!
 
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100 Strangers Project 2/100 curated by +SE Blackwell +kim scianghetti +100 Strangers Project 

+PortraitTuesday by +Laura Balc 

I met Doreen whilst shooting some street the other night, as I walked the corner and quickly grabbed a candid image of the pair standing in the doorway, Doreen uttered a few words and our conversation began. A quick introduction of what I was doing, 'as walking the streets with a camera in Stoke is not a regular sight to say the least', we exchanged banter and the vibe was good, so a quick ask and this portrait was made.
Doreen asked for a print and I said that I'd be returning to the area later in the week, she told me in a fun but strict 'headmistress style' that 'if she wasn't in the pub to leave it behind the bar'!!
Well I returned yesterday with a print, she was in the little snug at the back of the large room and I was pointed in the direction by the Barmaid.
'Doreen...? her head lifted from the conversation she was having and her face lite up! surprise? - joy? or is it that the stranger that she had probably forgot about, was standing there with an envelope containing a print, and was enough to make this lady feel a little special amongst her fellow drinking partners. We shared a few words of thanks on both accounts, I can't recall how many 'thank's duck, thank's duck' I heard Doreen say or the look of joy replaced in those tired eyes....a really great moment!!
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Thanks for the kind words and share +100 Strangers Project a great project that gives something back. 
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We love the glimmer of mischief in Sylvia's eyes.  Another fantastic contribution from +Lino Steenkamp  ... outstanding shot!

Want to learn more about our project? Circle our page, read the contributions from our fellow participants and feel free to ask questions. We'd love to see your image and story in our stream!
 
075/100 Sylvia

Part of the   #100strangers  project as curated by +SE Blackwell +kim scianghetti 

Sylvia is another stranger from my visit to the Grabou squatter camp. We stopped at a small informal market and in browsing it I noticed Sylvia mainly because +Michael Smuts  struck up a conversation and got a shot of her.

I asked if I could also take her portrait and she agreed. The fun started after iI got my portrait and asked for her name. She said her name was Sylvia, but that everyone was calling her Mier, the Afrikaans word for ant which then started the discussion on how she got this nickname. She explained that she got it because she was so busy and never sat still. Now if you have a look at the portrait, I think you will notice the mischieve in her smile.

The only thing I can say is, I wish I had a grandmother like her, can you imagine the fun. 
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On the 19/7/2012 I have joined my friends for a little evening walk from Westminster to Battersea Park. I have lived here for over 10 years now and I have never walked that way. As I was "attacking" innocent bystanders with my camera (by that I mean taking their photos trying to be unnoticed) I came across this charming man who was standing with a drink  in his favourite spot by this snack trailer . I am quite shy (I know strange right? ) and really wanted his photo and you never know the reaction you'll get when you ask. I had +Yoon-Mi Kim with me who helped me out and we stated talking. Again, my English is quite well but when spoken to me with a heavy accent and in a quite drunk way I sometimes miss a word or two. I asked for his name and cheerfully he said " Nicholas, I'm Nicholas". For the question were he was from he proudly said " I am a Londoner , I was born south of the river in a hospital, here in London". I asked him if he minded I took his picture, I think he enjoyed the attention and cheerfully agreed. 
Cheers to you Nicholas !!
For +100 Strangers Project +PeopleandLife  #peopleandlife  +StreetPics  #streetpics  +Arnold Goodway +Pablo Luis Gonzalez +Monika Pia +StreetPhotography  #streetphotography  +Tatiana Parmeeva  #portraitphotography  
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Congratulations to +Brenda Ortiz on her first stranger!
 
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Got My 1st Stranger, Yay!!!
Meet Max, Dave & Lady. I went to the park yesterday with Austin & Ryan. Next thing we know there were Lady (St. Bernard) & Max (Black Newfoundland) barking up a storm. Dave came out of the brush & struck a conversation with us telling us all about his 1 year old puppies that weigh over 150 pounds each :)
Lady is his 8th St. Bernard & Max is his 1st Newfoundland. 

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This group is a G+ clone of a very popular Flickr group and the information has been copied here without blessing endorsement or permission. I do not generally use Yahoo services but love the idea and want to see it come alive on google+

The idea: The 100 Strangers project is a learning group intended for those wishing to improve their social and technical skills needed for taking portraits of strangers and telling their stories. Your participation will require you to share your experiences with the other members of the group. By providing this invaluable knowledge, everyone, beginners and experienced alike will benefit. 

The challenge: Take at least 100 photographs of 100 people you don't know. Approach anyone or a group of people, ask for permission to both take a photo of them and to post it to this group. Get to know your stranger/s. Who are they? What is their life like?

Step out of your comfort zone and into a new level of portrait photography. Start by taking 100 portraits of people you don't know, total strangers. We welcome both beginner and advanced photographers. You may be new to photographing strangers or already have experience with this type of photography. Regardless, everyone is encouraged to take up the challenge. 

This project is quite enjoyable and will definitely improve your photojournalistic skills. During the process you might just gain a new appreciation for those around you and enrich your everyday experience and possibly even a few new friends along the way. 

As you progress with the project it will be critical to share your experiences with the other members. This may be a story about the stranger you just met or how you felt making the approach. You may have, for example, tried a new approach, used a new photographic technique or equipment. You are learning by doing, so share with us what you’ve learned while taking on the 100 Stranger project. 

We also ask that you include a link back to the +100 Strangers Project and invite others in your stream to check out our page and learn more about this very cool project.

The Rules: 

1a) NUMBER AND LINK. 

The title should contain a number indicating how many strangers you have photographed for the challenge, for example, Stranger 37/100.  

Tag this group in the photo and share The photo with information about the photo in your share. In your post pleas add the hash tag #100Strangers<Xof100>

1b) BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I REACH 100? 

Though this is about a specific quantity, quality should be equally important.  It is not a race.  If you have completed the first round of 100 then commit to another round of 100. Aim to have even sets of 100. 

2) What to put in your post when you share

When you share your photo it must contain a description of the encounter. Your participation in the group will require you to share your experiences with the other members of the project. It is strongly recommended that this include things such as, but not limited to:

* What's the name of the person in the picture? 
* Who is he/she? 
* How did you meet? 
* What did you talk about? 
* New photography technique?
* Your approach style...
* An observation...


3) NO CANDID SHOTS, NO ARCHIVE SHOTS, NO KIDS and THE OBVIOUS...

For the purposes of this group, candid refers to photographs taken of people without their permission. Photographs may appear candid in nature or unposed but the story you post along with the photograph should explain and support the reason for the candid appearance. For example, I was attracted to this person because of what they were doing. After asking for permission, I asked them to continue the activity so I could capture them naturally, rather than asking them to pose. 

Submit only photos that are taken specifically for the project. Do not submit archive pictures taken before starting the 100 strangers project. Submit only pictures of people you do not have prior knowledge of, aka “Strangers” . 

No shots of kids / minors without one of their parents.

And, obviously, no shots of friends, relatives, pets or houseplants :)

4) YOU CAN ONLY SUBMIT 1 PHOTO/DAY and 1 PHOTO/STRANGER 

The idea of the 100 Strangers project is to challenge yourself, learn over time and develop your own style in approaching strangers and taking portraits of them. It is intended that you take the time, patience and effort to develop the skills required. The challenge is in no way considered a race to photograph 100 strangers.

Only one photo per stranger can be submitted.

The 1 post/day limit is to discourage people from simply setting up a photo booth and shooting 100 strangers in 1 day. An admirable challenge but not what this project is about.  

RECOMMENDATIONS:

1) Create a set for your strangers. It makes it easier for you and other to see your progression in the project.

2) View the contributions of other members and comment on their posts. One of the best parts of doing projects like this in a community format is the feedback you get from others. 

3) Be safe, have fun and try not to be creepy, know when not to approach people :)