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stranger 17 and stranger 18 by NikolasBrummer stranger 17 and stranger 18 by NikolasBrummer
stranger 17 & stranger 18; at heinrich-heine allee right next to the pavilion that is decorated with these beautiful lights around christmas; altstadt, düsseldorf (germany), 8th of November

maybe it's exactly what this entire project is supposed to teach me; stop expecting things because the moment you least expect them to happen, they're going to happen anyway.
I was on the tram on my way to meeting Anna in the city and as I got out and walked up the stairs, throwing a glance back to the stream of the people that was leaving the station just as I was, I spotted the blonde guy of these two. I don't know what it was, but the generally good mood I'd found myself in, it just made me smile to see him and all the other people doing something this day, leaving their houses and ... living. I don't know why it was this particular guy that gave me this thought, it was just the first face that my eyes had lay upon. but I was on my way to meeting someone, I thought to myself, so I turned back around and carried on. as I was looking at my watch to check if I was actually in time, I noticed I was way too early, so again I thought to myself "what will you do now that you've got another fifteen minutes to wait? will you just stand here and try to look occupied while people are passing you, chatting, laughing? you might as well just walk around and watch the places changing around you and with places, also the people." I chose the latter. again, it just felt right. and I think I've put an emphasis on this many times, but somehow I've gotten to the point where this "right" feeling seems to lead me to the better sides of life.
eventually, I ended up catching their faces in the crowd again. during the first time I had seen them and the time I was walking around, my mind had wandered off, but as I saw them walking to seemingly nowhere again, I made a decision.
their names are bernard and javier. bernard is from poland and javier from spain. in spite of the fact that first my intention was to capture düsseldorf's people within this project, eventually it's the foreigners that fascinate me the most. just yesterday, bernard was in the newspaper because he had been asked what he liked about düsseldorf, and even though he doesn't really like nothing in particular, his made-up explanation of what is so lovely about this city ended up being published still. javier hates photos. I feel guilty for forcing people into these kind of situations. I am always like "hey can I take a picture awesome great you better stand right there because the light looks lovely thank you okay here is the name of my page bye"
it's really not that I want them to feel uncomfortable in these situations. I'm actually just really excited about doing what I am doing and maybe all of them should see this as a compliment.

later on, I noticed they were sitting in the café right across the street from the one anna and I were sitting in. I think they noticed too.

(day seventy-eight)

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mysticmorning Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
My mom always said, we never meet a stranger. We cross paths because it makes changes in our lives. Something that effects each and everyone of us for the rest of our lives. Nice work!!!
shang-fen Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

people change your life
Nilanja Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
ich weiß nicht, wie du das schaffst, aber du fängst quasi die ...ich weiß nicht...sagen wir mal seele einer person ein!
diese zwei fotos sagen so viel...ich kann es gar nicht in worte fassen
ganz ganz tolle arbeiten!

außerdem würde ich gerne wissen, wie ich aussehen und wirken würde, wenn du so ein foto von mir machst :giggle:
reddecatur Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I like the situation...cus I can relate to it, and the photos are so straightforward ...well done...)))
VMSnowflake Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I've always wanted to visit Germany :) These photos just make me wanna go even more to meet these interesting people!
thetheresa Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
really good and nice shots!
crashmypartyhard Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
lovely how you were in cafes right across from each other. very cliche, but lovely nonetheless.
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