stranger 13; close to this place in the city which is the basic meeting point for people from the age of 12-19; alstadt, düsseldorf (germany), 29th of September 2012
it feels like, more and more, I'm getting a feeling for choosing the "right" people take photos of. I remember in the beginning I struggled, I looked at the people, pondering whether taking a photo would be worth it or not, and sometimes I did, sometimes I didn't. however, this time was different. I just had departed from Leonie and Rosa and was on my way to a café when I threw a glance to the left to look if a tram was coming. and suddenly, I saw him, and I kind of felt right away that he'd be perfect for this project. I couldn't even say why. maybe I'm biased because I have a thing for this jacket he was wearing, maybe I'm not. his name's jackson and as I firstly approached him, speaking in german as usually of course, he didn't even notice me the first few times I said "entschuldigung?" while running after him. that was actually the point where I wondered for a second if what I was doing was right, but then he had already turned around and asked if I were able to speak English, and so we switched. he's from canada, and currently he is dancing at the opera in my hometown. as I asked him if he'd like to stay here in Düsseldorf, he just smiled and said he didn't know. neither do I. I don't even know why I didn't ask him anything more, I actually had the time to. I guess I was just once again over-whelmed by the fact that I was actually doing this. I always do. I get so excited over the situation that I'm shaking and interrupting myself and talking uninterruptedly, I can't even think straight and properly and I suppose the people I took photos of noticed that so far. this time I even told him I'd like to take two photos with two different cameras I had brought because it was the first time I was shooting with my film-camera Canon A-1 ... but I forgot. bummer.
he kind of reminded me that I wanted to go to the opera or the theater again ... it's been four month now that I lastly went to see a play or an opera performance, it's rather sad. but I'll find the time.
Well, that's a very handsome stranger you got there, sir. I find this "photographing strangers" thing really awesome and thrilling. It's like staring at random people at the mall (the proverbial staring contest ensues haha), you notice so many faces..