92 Photos - Nov 27, 2011
Photo: Photo: Mustapha and Sameer

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+100 Strangers Project 

I have to say it has been pure pleasure meeting some of the most interesting people I would never had met had it not been for my camera. Mustapha and his son Sameer were ever so kind and open in allowing me into a moment of time with them. Sameer is bright, curious and outgoing and he made a point to give me their names and of course the proper spelling :)Photo: Dan

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+100 Strangers Project facilitated by +James Finstrom and +SE Blackwell 

Also for #sepiasaturday ~ curated by +Renee Stewart Jackson 
and for #shadesaturday ~ curated by +Roy Ross 

I have to say first that I am beyond ecstatic that I was able to fix my Hasselblad's light leak problem. Took it out for a test run two days ago on the streets and am thrilled with the results! This is Dan. I ran into him once before about a month ago, but he was with 3 other guys and I was a bit intimidated, so unlike my usual, I didn't engage in as much conversation. I started off by saying "hey, didn't I shoot you a while back" to open up the conversation. He was really cool about letting me capture him again - he even almost remembered my name :) ...I ended w/giving him my card after he gave me permission to post his pic.Photo: Billy
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Sometimes it's just plain easy to strike up a conversation with a stranger, especially on a beautiful spring like day and everyone is just happy to be outside enjoying it...and then sometimes it's more challenging, especially when it's someone down on their luck or appear intimidating albeit very interesting to shoot. I always lead in with a smile in hopes of breaking the ice. Some times all it takes is raising the camera and a nod so as not to interrupt them, other times it takes a bit of conversation for me to build up the nerve to ask...but overall I try to keep in mind that the worst they can do is say no and not take that personally. Billy here was very pleasant to engage in conversation as it turned out he was specifically out enjoying the day and the hustle and bustle of people; a change from where he lives which is some what remote and very quite...Photo: The Art Critic

My contribution to #OnePrimeWednesday ~ curated by +Alfie Goodrich 
and also for #weneedalaughwednesday ~ curated by +Pat Kennedy Corlin 

Hasselblad
Lens: 100mm
f5.6
shutter: 1/125
ISO: 400Photo: Tommy, Scampi and friend

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+100 Strangers Project 

The beautiful spring weather has brought everyone out and in great spirits, making it easy to approach them to photograph ~ a perfect time to get out of your comfort zone! Of course, approaching someone and complimenting their pet is always extra easy. Tommy was enjoying the day with a couple furry friends and gladly gave me a min to take a shot and introducing me to the critters...unfortunately I didn't catch the name of the littlest fur ball :)Photo: Into the soul of a street beggar

I have really come to focus my photography on the streets, both traditional street shots as well as portraits of strangers. The portraits of strangers has been most rewarding; it has enabled me to meet some incredible human beings. They have allowed me a sneak peek into who they are and to capture that essence in a moment.

Far to often in this day and age, and technology, we lose more and more of that human contact with our fellow man...and I think we loose some of our humanity. I hope I can do them justice...

#100Strangers <(10/100>Photo: Homeless

"Do you have some spare change?" he asked quietly as I walked past where he sat. I don't have much I said, but I dug deep and gave him what I had. "Thank you he said" - then - "I wanted to ask you, is that a Hasselblad?" He knew for his father used to shoot with one and he continued to speak of his father with quiet pride. I asked his name and if I may take his picture; he nodded his yes. As I look into his eyes I see such a sadness and I wonder his story. Thank you Ben for sharing a little bit of you with me.

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#homeless 


Hasselblad
lens: 100mm
Shutter: 1/125
Ap: f11
ISO: 400Photo: Boxcar ~ former Woodstock dreamer. As he puts it "I'm not a complete bum..."

"Out of the shadows and into the sun
Dreams of the past as the old ways are done
Oh there's beauty and surely there's pain" ~ Iron Maiden

Boxcar is a lively soul. He was playing his harps sitting on the sidewalk soaking up the sun. He would lovingly switch from one harp (harmonica) to the other whilst singing with pure joy in a raspy voice. I just came out and asked if I may take his picture and he quickly agreed and engaged in animated conversation. He said he had played at Woodstock and that he enjoyed being anonymous on the streets...

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Hasselblad
Focal: 100mm
Shutter: 125
Ap: f5.6
ISO: 400Photo: Dubsteppers

Standing (l-r) - Juan, (? - I missed a name!), Sketch - in front (l-r) - Amaury, Nate, and Angel

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I was out walking around downtown Hartford when I saw this young man running and leaping up over a flight of stairs. I immediately crossed the street recognizing a photo opportunity for sure! Another one ran and jumped as I watched - I said "that was amazing, would it be OK if I tried to catch you as you do it again? Sadly that shot didn't turn out; low light so my ap was open wide and I missed my focal point by a foot or so (will be posting it for un-sharp Saturday :)). I then noticed they had Dubstep music playing and I asked them about it and would they be willing to pose for a group shot.


Apparently Dubstepping music has been around since the late 1990s originating in south London, but has been becoming more popular today, especially in regards to dancing to it. I don't know if any of you are familiar with it, but I had just come across it not much more than a week before stumbling across these young men practicing on and around a city building's back entryway. The control a Dubstepper has over their body is amazing. I've attached a link for anyone interested. 

http://youtu.be/LXO-jKksQkM


Hasselblad 500 c/m film
Lens: 100mm
Shutter: 1/60
Ap: f5.6
ISO: 400Photo: City sports

#streetphotography 

Hasselblad 500 c/m
100mm
1/500
f16
ISO 160Photo: Kahn ~ wounded soldier

He sat in the shade with his possessions and his young dog by his side on an unusually mild early spring day. I crouched down and asked him of his dog - "Moonshine" he said. I asked him his name. "Kahn he said, like Genghis Kahn. My nickname in the service" He told me he'd still be in if he hadn't been shot as he raised his shorts a bit to show his scar. "Why would you want to go back I asked?" ~ Because they gave him a job, a home, clothing, food and paid the child support of his four children. 13 years he served - Bosnia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq - the list went on. He was proud to have served, now he wasn't sure where'd he go....

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#streetphotographyPhoto: The Tunnel Bar

#streetphotographyPhoto: Harry the hat

It's never too late to follow your dreams...

Harry's friends told him to keep his day job; it's a shame they did. An infectious laugh, a loving life attitude and the ability to adapt a positive outlook regardless the situation on top of the fact, in my opinion, a talented song writer and performer, would have given him a chance. I met Harry yesterday on the streets of Hartford, enjoying the warm spring day and the people he met. His love of music was apparent, but in speaking with him he told me he used to play the guitar but after the loss of three fingers a few years ago he adapted to playing the harp and from there the keyboard. He was thrilled to have someone stop and listen to him play, as he put it "I usually have to nail them down to listen". Now that he's retired he's following his dream, his love of music, to the best of his ability... and inspiring me along the way.

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#streetphotographyPhoto: Harry the hat #2

I've never posted a shot of the same subject before, but this time I'm breaking my rules. The first shot of Harry I posted for the +100 Strangers Project best told my story of Harry - unfortunately I wasn't able to capture that and get the eye contact in the same shot. This one, for me, demonstrates Harry's openness and sense of humor and I felt the need to show this side too...thanks for indulging me...

#streetphotographyPhoto: Dismissed

Why is it the elderly are overlooked?
Why do so many think they have little to offer?
Weak, feeble minded, useless...so many thoughts of a younger society as they dismiss them...
May we see instead strength for the years survived.
Courage they have to continue as friends, family and loved ones are lost before them.
And see the wisdom, knowledge and stories to be told...
Open our hearts and learn from them...and hope when it's our turn someone else will do the same in return....Photo: Bo Gai ...or otherwise known as James.

"Kindness comes in all forms" I heard a voice from behind me say. I stood from where I was crouched from speaking with Meatball (yes, that's a name and a story for another day) and turned to see him opening a package. "Ear plugs" he said as he added a couple in Meatball's jar, "You never know where he'll need to drown out the noise when sleeping on the street". James, otherwise know as Bo Gai - and countless other names - an incredible, gentle, man with a very kind heart, knew this man and the daily trials he lived with and found the small things that could ease his suffering. He traveled the east and studied the different cultures; he had a Muslim name, a Budhist name, and more names that I could possibly keep asking how to spell, but it was apparent he took the time to see life a bit differently than most...


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#streetphotographyPhoto: 99% ~ City Hall, Northampton, MA

#streetphotographyPhoto: So what are they looking at?

#streetphotographyPhoto: Steve, aka "Meatball"

We pretty much great each other at the same time as I approached him, squatting and leaning against a tree in the evening sun, using a staff for support. "I'm always here, I arrive early to get a good spot". Injured in boot camp 20 years ago and given an honorable discharge for medical reasons, he struggles to survive. "$857 a month, that's what I get". He supplements his income by begging on the streets and still can't afford his meds. He isn't allowed to stay at the Soldiers Inn if he begs, it isn't allowed. He has trouble finding a shelter to stay in because you need to be sober; he's an alcoholic, it helps him deal with the pain of his degenerative arthritis. "What is your name I asked" ~ "Steve, but everyone calls me Meatball - I make the best meatballs you'll ever have" he says with pride. A woman walks by and he asks her for a cigarette, to me she says "I've known him for years, sweetest guy you'll ever know". Someone else stops and puts earplugs in his jar to drown out the noise so he can sleep - all have kind words for and of him. I listen to his story and it saddens me that all I can do is put a few dollars in his jar and wish him well and luck....



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#streetphotographyPhoto: #streetphotography 
Hasselblad 500 c/mPhoto: Contemplation

#streetphotographyPhoto: George King

Even his name is regal. George immediately caught my eye, sitting in the shade outside the Old State House in Hartford. Even without the uniform he had presence. Perfect posture, the seemingly stern face and sharp captivating eyes. There was an event going on so I introduced myself and asked him if the old ambulance was his. His pride was evident when describing the restoration of this 1916 Model T Ford up from an original chassi to reconstruct, with historic detail, an ambulance used in WWI; it is the only one of its kind in the US. I asked him his name if it would be alright to photograph him. He promptly moved to rise from his chair to be next to his pride and joy - I stopped him a moment and captured a portrait there, then proceeded to follow him. Even though I loved the first portrait, this one I think really captured his essence. Thank you for being so gracious and accommodating George!



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#streetphotography 
Also for #portraittuesday ~ curated by +Laura Balc

Hasselblad 500 c/m
100mm lens
Shutter: 250
Ap: f11
ISO: 400Photo: #streetphotographyPhoto: WWI

#streetphotography 

Hasselblad 500 c/m
lens: 100mm
Shutter: 1/250
Ap:f5.6
ISO: 400Photo: The evening read

#streetphotographyPhoto: #streetphotography 


Hasselblad 500 c/m
100mmPhoto: Russel - lest you have fear

He aimlessly walked the streets.
He had no destination, had no clock to follow.
As he glided between the crowds unnoticed, no one met his eyes.
Is it fear of "catching" what he has?
Did they avoid him out of shame that they wouldn't help him?
He quietly took a seat off to the side, holding his cup with the slightest shake so as not to scare the tourists away, in hopes a stranger...yes us...will take some kindness upon him.

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#streetphotography 


Hasselblad 500 c/m
100mm lens


If you are interested in finding out more about the 100 Stranger Project, check out the "About" tab on our page
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and don't forget to add +SE Blackwell and myself along with the hash tag #100strangers to your posts so we're sure not to miss it!Photo: Streets never sleep

#streetphotographyPhoto: Father and Son

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Hasselblad 500 c/m
100mm lensPhoto: Book of Mormons

#streetphotographyPhoto: Searching for the fountain of youth

#streetphotographyPhoto: Old blues players never fade away....


#streetphotographyPhoto: Pride 2012

Bela in all her glory

#streetphotography 
#100strangers <25/100>Photo: SEX DRUGS & DUB STEP


#streetphotographyPhoto: Fellow photog

I went up to my favorite city in search of something new to shoot and happened upon a small 99% protest going on. Here I met Ralph, normally a landscape photographer, he happened along the protest as well, and of course who could resist the opportunity to shoot it? Was fun conversing with another photographer on the street, not something I've had the chance to do before...unfortunately he isn't on the net yet...Great to have met you Ralph and thanks for being a sport!

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#streetphotography 


We would love to have more folks participating in the +100 Strangers Project ...if you are interested, please check out the "About" tab on our page
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Just be sure to add co-curators +SE Blackwell and myself in your post so we don't miss it!Photo: A stroll in the...

#streetphotographyPhoto: Stare down


#streetphotographyPhoto: Pride 2012

Pride is a perfect opportunity to meet an awesome mix of people; diverse, intelligent, wild, festive, but most of all open and friendly. It isn't hard to stick a camera in their face and have anyone readily agree for a photo op ~ needless to say I had a lot of fun. Dennis here was enjoying the day as well, chilling out quietly taking in the festivities. We chatted about the event and of course seeing the great light speckling his face, the purple braided into his beard (yes, I still prefer B&W) I couldn't resist...of course had I waited a while, I could have snapped him when he had traded his hat for a big ole sperm on his head instead...no, that wasn't a mistype...Thanks Dennis for being such a great sport and adding more humor to the day!

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#streetphotography 

Hasseblad 500 cm
100mm lensPhoto: Sergio

Going to the chapel and I'm gonna.....

#streetphotography 

Hasselblad 500 cm
100mm lens
Fujicolor Pro 400Photo: Homeless

Homelessness. It shows no preference, no judgement of ones, color, race, age or religion. The reason for being homeless runs the same gamut ~ running from abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health, or just plain rotten luck in life. The life expectancy of the homeless is aprox. 30 years less than those who are not..and that isn't because of drug and alcohol; their life expectancy is 10-12 years less regardless of their living situation. Needless to say it must be tough to get off the streets once you're on. True, there are shelters, and programs out there that try to help, but it's not enough and the kindness of strangers is far and few in between. I didn't pry into Taylor and Angela's story, I only take what is offered. Taylor said he had some leads on some work, but he needed a "babysitter" for his dog first. My five dollars won't get them much, but it's all I had to give. Northampton is a pretty decent town in being kind to the homeless, the cops don't harass them and let them beg and panhandle. They're so young, I hope they are one of the lucky/strong ones to make it off the streets OK...

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#homeless

Hasselbald 500 cm
100mm lens
Fujicolor ProPhoto: Attitude

#streetphotography  Photo: Sean

#portraittuesday  ~ curated by +Laura Balc 
#streetphotography  Photo: Kindness

I posted a BW and different crop of this shot a couple of months ago, but just hadn't been completely happy with it.  I think I'm getting closer...maybe...

For #portraittuesday   ~ curated by +Laura Balc 
#streetphotography  Photo: Boxcar

"Out of the shadows and into the sun
Dreams of the past as the old ways are done
Oh there's beauty and surely there's pain" ~ Iron Maiden

Boxcar is a lively soul. He was playing his harps sitting on the sidewalk soaking up the sun. He would lovingly switch from one harp (harmonica) to the other whilst singing with pure joy in a raspy voice. I just came out and asked if I may take his picture and he quickly agreed and engaged in animated conversation. He said he had played at Woodstock and that he enjoyed being anonymous on the streets and as he put it "I'm not a complete bum"...

re-post for #anotherdayanother600secondsPhoto: Ben

"Do you have some spare change?" he asked quietly as I walked up to where he sat. I don't have much I said, but I dug deep and gave him what I had. "Thank you he said" - then - "I wanted to ask you, is that a Hasselblad?" He knew for his father used to shoot with one and he continued to speak of his father with quiet pride. I asked his name and if I may take his picture; he nodded his yes. As I look into his eyes I see such a sadness and I wonder his story. Thank you Ben for sharing a little bit of you with me.

another re-post for #anotherdayanother600seconds  Photo: Kahn ~ wounded soldier

He sat in the shade with his possessions and his young dog by his side on an unusually mild early spring day. I crouched down and asked him of his dog - "Moonshine" he said. I asked him his name. "Kahn he said, like Genghis Kahn. My nickname in the service" He told me he'd still be in if he hadn't been shot as he raised his shorts a bit to show his scar. "Why would you want to go back I asked?" ~ Because they gave him a job, a home, clothing, food and paid the child support of his four children. 13 years he served - Bosnia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq - the list went on. He was proud to have served, now he wasn't sure where'd he go....

one last re-post for today for #anotherdayanother600seconds  Photo: Into the soul...

Sean has become a regular for me. I see him most times I'm out on the street shooting and he eagerly expects me to take his portrait asking me "how do you want me today?".  He is a giant of a man but gentle as a teddy bear.  He sits on a bench with his sign asking for money for coffee looking straight ahead so has not to inflict his gaze upon anyone...seemingly to think he shouldn't make anyone uncomfortable.  He seemed surprised the first time I stopped to speak with him; coconut is his favorite flavor so I walked off to get him one...I don't think he expected to see me back...now he expects me to take a shot before I leave. Surprisingly he never wants a copy of the shots so I leave him a few dollars and bid him until next time...

a re-post for #anotherdayanother600seconds  Photo: Ben

I had an amazing experience this evening. I almost didn't recognize Ben; gone was his beard, the hair was cut short and his head was hat less ~ I hadn't seen him since early this past spring, He smiled at me and we greeted with a handshake. I asked him how he has been. He was so eager to talk.  He told me had been in prison for 60 days for buying alcohol for minors a couple of times to get some extra cash, but now he was working on his rapping in hopes of cutting an album. It'll be a family affair; he is the second eldest of six children but his siblings are scattered so it sounded like it'd be a while - though he had hope in his voice. I asked him to give me a sample; for a white guy he did pretty well :). He told me of a new sandwich shop in town that his brother took him to before leaving for Alaska. It was getting late, wondering when he last had a real meal, I asked him if he had any dinner.  With an answer of no, I asked him to show me this new place so we could get some thing to eat, my treat. We had great conversation to go along with some great sandwiches.  Ben amazed me with his intelligence and his stories, so much so I wondered what his demons were that kept him on the streets. He ended the conversation with "you have to keep learning if you want to move forward in this life".  So true Ben, so true...I learned a great deal tonight...thank you.

#anotherdayanother600seconds 
#streetphotography   #homeless  Photo: Spider and Raven

Spider is a bit of a wild man; he spoke of corrupt cops, drug parties and his love of horror movies.  Raven is one of his wives, Erika his other wife didn't like being photographed, though she allowed me to get her from the side with their dog Chunkamonkey.  Young, looking worse for wear they seemed rather upbeat and didn't bemoan their circumstances.  Erika had a lead on an apartment and thought they might all be able to stay there. Not sure exactly what the hand jester means, but it's how Spider wanted to pose and he approved of the shot...

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#anotherdayanother600seconds 
#homeless   #streetphotography  Photo: Raven

When I first came along Raven, she was only with her dog Chunkamonkey and seated on the hard sidewalk - it was later her companions joined her. Having the dog to start the conversation is always a good ice breaker. Think she was surprised to have someone stop and come down to her level to speak with her. She had a book to pass the time and had been chasing the shade to keep cool.  I was a bit surprised when she told me she had received numerous nasty stares today and has had people spit at them and call them names.  I'm sure in larger cities and many areas that most likely is common, but this small city is very diverse, accepting and an artsy destination.  Regardless, it's one thing to be ignored as a nobody, but that is really stooping low to look down upon and insult anyone no matter.  These are the times I wonder at the selfishness and ignorance of humankind...

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#anotherdayanother600seconds 
#homeless   #streetphotography  Photo: Chad and Matt - 26 & 27 years old

Brothers. I went into town today to bring photos to those I've shot if I could find them.  Didn't expect to shoot, even forgot my camera originally...glad I went back for it.  I noticed Matt (shirtless) as I walked along; chilling on the sidewalk, cell phone plugged into an outdoor outlet.  I said hey in general, not thinking he was without means, when he asked if I had some spare change. Needless to say we got into a conversation and he bounded to get his brother so I could shoot both of them ~ along the way he introduced me to Tina who you will meet soon.

They had lots to say, especially Matt. Chad is, in his words, "a failed journalist", both heroin addicts and homeless but they don't look for sympathy and always will have a smile on their faces.  They make no excuses for who they are and know they have to live with the consequences of their choices in life so far.  Both have felony records for non-violent crimes.  They had asked if any chance i was heading to the next town over; they needed to get to the homeless shelter before six in order to check in and have a spot.  No, I don't normally take chances like this, but I did have a good vibe from them and said sure, I  just needed to deliver some pics and be heading out.  On the drive Matt continued to tell their story.  Both educated, both from somewhat broken homes.  Matt was in prison and on his own since sixteen.  Chad has his bachelors degree. For the first time I became on the questioned end as Matt was curious so I shared a bit of myself as well. "See" Matt exclaimed after finding out I had been laid off ~ "even someone like you has trouble finding work, now just imagine what we go through!". "Housing and employment, that's what's needed" ...with that he asked who I was voting for... ~ Brothers, by blood I'm not sure, but by spirit most definitely...either way, doesn't matter, it's what they are.

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#homeless   #streetphotography  Photo: Tina - 51 years old

Tina had caught my eye when I was speaking with Matt (yesterday's post) and he was quick to introduce us. I told her I'd love to come back and speak with her once I finished shooting Matt and his brother if it was OK...she eagerly agreed.

I was surprised when Tina told me she's there all the time for it's the first time I had seen her. Years she said she's been out here. A 28 year abusive marriage, years of substance abuse (she's clean now) and a rap sheet as long as her arm keeps her on the streets.  She receives $600. a month from the state and as she aptly puts it "you can't do much with that".  It's a repetitive story I hear; once on, and even if you've "gotten on the right track" it's almost impossible to get off...

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#homeless   #streetphotography  Photo: Steve, aka "Meatball"

We pretty much great each other at the same time as I approached him, squatting and leaning against a tree in the evening sun, using a staff for support. "I'm always here, I arrive early to get a good spot". Injured in boot camp 20 years ago and given an honorable discharge for medical reasons, he struggles to survive. "$857 a month, that's what I get". He supplements his income by begging on the streets and still can't afford his meds. He isn't allowed to stay at the Soldiers Inn if he begs, it isn't allowed. He has trouble finding a shelter to stay in because you need to be sober; he's an alcoholic, it helps him deal with the pain of his degenerative arthritis. "What is your name I asked" ~ "Steve, but everyone calls me Meatball - I make the best meatballs you'll ever have" he says with pride. A woman walks by and he asks her for a cigarette, to me she says "I've known him for years, sweetest guy you'll ever know". Someone else stops and puts earplugs in his jar to drown out the noise so he can sleep - all have kind words for and of him. I listen to his story and it saddens me that all I can do is put a few dollars in his jar and wish him well and luck....

Update I've heard that Steve has been incarcerated for attack with a deadly weapon (his walking stick) and illegal pills, guess too much drink brings out the demons...seems he'll be off the streets for a bit.

re-edited and re-post for #anotherdayanother600seconds 
#homeless   #streetphotography  Photo: When street urchins grow up...

#streetphotography  Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: a little fashion on the streets...Photo: my addition to both #StreetSaturday curated by +Siddharth Pandit and for #SepiaSaturday curated by +Renee Stewart Jackson 
Who's looking at who?Photo: Family Portrait

For #StreetArtSunday ~ curated by +Luís Pedro and +Peter TsaiPhoto: NYC subway entrance

Life has become so fast paced that we seldom slow down to enjoy the beauty around us....

for #SepiaSaturday ~ curated by +Renee Stewart Jackson 
also for #StreetSaturday ~ curated by +Siddharth PanditPhoto: Billy aka "Red"

Was a gray day today but the sun was teasing with a peak here and there and it was pretty mild, so was a fun day on the streets. Met Red sitting outside enjoying the day. Quite the character; used to spar with a golden glove winner and didn't worry about hanging out in primarily Pats country wearing all Giants gear :)...

For #TodayTuesday ~ curated by +Brian WhitePhoto: This is my first posting to the new +100 Strangers Project ~ for anyone not yet familiar, check out this theme page; a great way to help expand your comfort zone in shooting on the street.

#100Strangers<1of100> ~ hosted by +James Finstrom 

This shot was the most I've pushed my boundaries so far. I was walking, keeping an eye out for a shot that said something, when I passed a group of 4 men hanging around a doorway. They were a bit rough around the edges in appearance, but they had character and the setting was great. If you notice the sign behind him and I had similar neat stuff with one of the other guys. I walked past, hesitated and thought I can at least ask, the worst is they'll say no or give me an odd look :). I just turned back and said excuse me, would you guys mind if I took your picture? The other 3 said they didn't mind, but this one didn't answer, so I pointedly asked him directly saying I wouldn't if he minded. He answered he was "indifferent" - his word. I was so excited that I jumped right at it asking them to just ignore me. I took 4 shots, worried I'd lose my chance, 2 group shots, 2 individual. I love 3 of the 4. I usually introduce myself before or during shooting and ask their name...but with this group I rushed, anxious to get the shot :). One of the guys started saying how people now a days just shoot 100 shots and pick the best - I told him I don't do that and showed him my shot and a couple of us got into a discussion of why I do this etc...told them about my website, which has my last name in it. Upon hearing my name, this fella pictured finally spoke up, telling me his grandfather's last name, Scianchetta, so very similar to mine which is unusual, which got us to swapping stories about when our families came to the States. All this probably didn't take much more than 10-15 mins, and I was still a bit nervous with them so i thanked them and went on my way.

This isn't a city even close to being as large as NYC, which I think makes it easier for me, I don't know....but as this project progresses we'll find out because I will make it there sometime this spring...

Yesterday the weather was mild, as it has been most this winter, so outside of these guys I got 4 other people, but this was my favorite.Photo: Four guys


For #StreetSaturday ~ curated by +Siddharth Pandit 
and for #SepiaSaturday ~ curated by +Renee Stewart JacksonPhoto: Tuffy "Tuff'n'uff" Kimball

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+100 Strangers Project ~ hosted by +James Finstrom 

I almost didn't go out to shoot today, but man I am so glad I did! I came across a group of gentlemen standing outside the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Ma. I approached and asked if they would mind if I photographed them. They were very pleased and said sure. Two of them, including Tuffy here, were performing in a blues band this evening at this music hall. Tuffy plays the drums and has been doing so for quite some time; he even got to play with Muddy Waters in 1967 during his honeymoon.

I've been finding that most folks really like to have their picture taken and are even flattered that someone takes an interest in them and even asks. I like to engage in conversation with them, most people like to talk about themselves, and it often makes them more comfortable and relaxed.Photo: The Coyote Choir

Tim and Paul (L to R) of the Coyote Choir. These guys were having a blast yesterday and had quite the crowd going

for #SquareSunday ~ curated by +Matt SoavePhoto: Cory

I was out in Springfield working on another project when I passed this place. I saw two men conversing just inside the window. I raised my camera when they saw me and asked with raised camera and a smile to take their picture. This gentleman came out, curious as to what I was doing. I introduced myself, asked his name (Cory) and said I was a local photographer and pretty much shoot for myself. He said he enjoyed taking pictures around too of different things, but not with a fancy camera. I asked if I could take a shot of him right there - he happily agreed.

I have to say I really enjoy it when I'm shooting scenes and people just come right out and ask If I'd shoot them :)


+100 Strangers Project 
#100Strangers<3/100> ~ hosted by +James Finstrom 
also for #TodayTuesday ~ curated by +Brian WhitePhoto: In sync and in Love

Happy Valentines to all...Photo: The bus stop

I have flip flopped from color to B&W with this one - I love it both ways. In color there is so much detail and cool colors in the architecture and in B&W there is no color to distract from the other part of the story. Waited until I had the right person and no one else in it to distract to give the feeling of another time and place...Photo: Annette ~ Artist/street vendor

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+100 Strangers Project 

It was a neat gray kind of day and I had my camera up looking down the sidewalk when along came this bright flash of red. Dressed in a bright red coat and stark white scarf, she was dragging behind her a bright red suitcase on wheels. She saw me and stopped to pose. I grabbed a quick shot and when she got closer to me we greeted and got into chatting. She, Annette, was just finishing a long day selling her wares, crocheted roses, scarfs and such. She also does caricatures, photo to portraits and more...for a small fee she'll give a quick crocheting lesson :) ~ she happily obliged me a few close up shots as well...Photo: Bushnell Park ~ City park, Hartford, Ct


"...an opening in the heart of the city..., to which citizens will naturally flow in their walks; ...a place where children play; ...a place for holiday scenes and celebrations; ...where rich and poor will exchange looks and make acquaintance through the eyes; ...a place of life and motion that will make us more completely conscious of being one people."

~ The Rev. Horace Bushnell, proposing the park, 1853.Photo: Speaks for it's self

Once the ice is broken, I love meeting new people on the street and hearing their stories....Photo: The devil may care...

I was out looking for some folks I had shot prior when I came across a trio of guys just hanging out shooting the breeze.  I had recognized one of them from prior shoots and thought he might have seen one of the guys I was trying to find.  So I politely interrupted them to inquire ~ yes, they did know him and even called him so I could speak with him...anyway, we all ended up having a nice conversation, more about photography than anything else so I really didn't get much of a story from them.  This is Sun. He had some noticeable characteristics that you can see and stood with a cane; I would have love to heard whatever of his story he cared to share...maybe next time...

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#streetphotography  Photo: Brandon & Newton

I love meeting and speaking to someone that is most often negatively judged by many for their appearance.  Brandon was being slightly harassed by a couple of security guards from a neighboring building. There had been some 99% protesters making some noise in the area. Even after seeing he wasn't with them, but still homeless, they hung around him making some rather obnoxious conversation with him ~ I believe with the intent of making him uncomfortable so he would leave the area. I stepped in acting oblivious and started making normal conversation with him and asked if I could photograph him.  The security guys wandered off. Brandon has indeed been a 99% protester, having been part of the initial NYC protests the prior year among other locations.  Brandon is college educated and extremely intelligent. In spite of or maybe because of a very rough upbringing he feels he wants to make his voice heard for change. He travels with his dog Newton (as in Sir Isaac) to where he thinks he can make the most impact. He believes in free speech, freedom to be who you are and to love whomever you want. I told him it was great to see someone so young getting involved and on the flip side, he was happy to hear when I told him I've seen mostly the older folks involved for he thought it was mostly his generation ~ wonderful to have ones eyes opened by different perspectives. Brandon plays the guitar and sings on the streets for whatever cash he can to get by, though he couldn't afford the "performer" fee required in this city.  I slipped him a few dollars and wished him well...

#anotherdayanother600seconds 
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#streetphotography   #homeless 

Hasselblad 500 c/m
100mm lens
160 ISOPhoto: One more re-edit and re-post after re-calibrating the monitor...one more to go...Photo: you never know what you're going to find...

Hasselblad 500 c/m
100mm lens

#streetphotography  Photo: Andy

One of the many cool things about shooting with a Hasselblad is that it attracts attention, making it even easier when a stranger starts the conversation. Andy was just hanging out smoking, watching the world pass by and when seeing my camera said "wow, that's not something you see every day". Andy used to do some shooting himself, but now has emphysema and it's hard to get around. He doesn't go out in public with his tanks because of his pride...and yes, still smokes.  He told a funny story of a friend who was also on oxygen and while driving in a bad snow storm, his friend asked for a smoke.  Too focused on the tail lights of the truck in front of them, he passed him one without thinking. Shortly after there was a big "Whoosh!" ~ his friend's mustache and eyebrows were gone...fortunately that is all that happened and they ended up having a big laugh. Was great chatting with Andy and he said the conversation sparked his interest in shooting again, maybe he'd go out and do some macro shots...

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#streetphotography 

Hasselblad 500 c/m
100mm lensPhoto: The two faces of Michael

I walked around town for 4 1/2 hours yesterday on my quest to fill one roll of 12 exp. During that time I came across Michael several times.  The first was when I was speaking with and shooting Dan the music man.  He was seated next to him, playing Dan's guitar and singing. The singing, well, was very much out of tune, though he did quite well with the guitar. I didn't have too much of an impression of Michael, just he seemed a bit slow while Dan was asking for his guitar back but wouldn't. Later he was crossing the street with what seemed to be homeless men, being rather boisterous. Again shouting out loud among the crowded side walk "I'm a little insecure!". As each time came along I kept my distance from Michael even though he eyed me with interest, for he seemed a bit unstable,  especially when he once was coming toward me, no shirt on at the time, lifted his bicep up, directed towards me and grunted. Well, the last time I didn't avoid him.  I was seated on a bench, taking in the scenes when he came up and sat next to me. "Hi, I'm Michael". Hi, Michael, I'm Kim. "Hi, I'm Michael"...well, we did this at least 5 times. He raised his fist for a fist punch greeting...and corrected me when I did it wrong. We did this a few times as well. He pulled his backpack onto his lap and dug through it, pulling up a little bag with tiny white pills in it. "What's this?" he asked. I don't know I answered. "Do you think I'm a drug addict?" he asked with slurred words. I don't assume anything I said. "Cool" he answered. I asked him at this point if I may photograph him. "Sure" he replied. As I was trying to take his picture, he kept making funny faces. I asked him not to. "Take the picture!" he insisted rather agitatedly. As I sat back down he said "take another". I told him I wouldn't as long as he made funny faces. "OK, I won't".  The two faces of Michael. I sat back down and we went through the "Hi, I'm Michael" routine again. Needless to say, it wasn't the easiest of conversations I've had, if it could be called that. It was full of random comments and very repetitive. As I prepared to leave he said "You're a real woman" Like I said, it was an odd encounter. I wished him well and as I rose to leave he said in his slurred voice "I love you man"...

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#streetphotography 

Hasselblad 500 c/m
100mm lensPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Mustapha

I'd run into Mustapha once before, back in February, when he had been accompanied by his son, Sameer. Sameer was open, very gregarious and did almost all the talking. His dad on the other hand was quiet and soft spoken. I found Mustapha keeping cool in the shade of the same doorway as before, but on is own this time. He recognized me as well and greeted me with a smile. I asked him of his son and how both of them were doing; he said they were both well. My impression on the first encounter was that they were in town to take in the sights, so I mentioned had I known I'd run into him again, I would have been sure to have a copy of the photo from last time with me. He replied he is often around and that I could leave it with anyone at the Dunkin Donuts around the corner for him. No, he answered, he didn't work there when I inquired, but they all knew him well. I asked if I could capture him again and he graciously complied in a quiet way. I'm not sure what his story is, but maybe next time his son will be with him again and we can learn more...

#streetphotography 

Hasselblad 500 c/m
100mm lensPhoto: Dawud Lubieddie ~ 66 yrs

As I made it across the street I turned and saw Dawud sitting on a bench along the sidewalk with some packages. Our eyes met and with a smile he said hello. Dawud is a baker and he was waiting to meet someone for a delivery...his specialty is bean pie. He gets the beans into liquid form and then adds all sorts of wonderful ingredients; it sounded wonderful. He has been baking his whole life and the joy he gets from it just exuded from him like the sweet smells from his packages. His hope is to get a fine restaurateur to sell his pie as his first step in order to earn enough money to expand his business, then he can get into specialty food stores...it sounded like he had some good contacts and I wished him well in his plan...

#anotherdayanother600seconds 
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#streetphotography 

Hasselblad 500 c/m
100mm lensPhoto: The Umbrella

I had been out wandering the streets shooting when I came across this huge umbrella with only two feet sticking out from underneath..."is there anyone under there?" I asked....and up popped this adorable creature...Photo: Saturday stroll