Sunday, December 26, 2010
Facing Fears, Being Social and Taking Portraits of Strangers
I used to hide behind the camera and take shots of people without them knowing. In the past, it was easier since I could hide the point and click camera I was using and most people didn't notice so I would just snap and walk away.
I still use caution when I see what I really want to photograph and what would be safe to photograph. A lot of the time what I really wanted to take photos of wasn't a safe place for a solo female traveler to be. I did take a few chances, however. I drove up to homes and knocked on the door if I saw someone or something that looked interesting to me. I asked homeowners in Ohio if I could take a photograph of their hanging laundry and asked a man standing outside of his home in Maine if I could take a portrait of him in front of the wrecked ship in his yard. Each time, they said yes. However, each time I had no idea what I would come across when I stepped into someone else's property.
Beyond the strangers I came across, I also met and stayed with people I didn't know too well that have turned into dear friends. Beware of what you offer people, sometimes they might just take you up on it.
As the year wraps up, I wanted to extend a heart felt thank you to all of the people I came across on the road. Some of you I chatted with for a few minutes and some I stayed in your home for weeks. I am thankful for each person I came across. It has been quite the year. Thank you for following me here on my journey. I look forward to writing my 40 goals for my 40th year soon.