The past couple months I’ve been having this idea for a project/exercise/thing where I’d ask strangers if I can take portrait a portrait of them so I can get better at taking pictures of people, tell a story of sorts and get out of my comfort zone. I wasn’t really sure where to start, I was trying to come up with ideas, like an opening line that wouldnt seem like I was trying to sell something so I wouldn’t get turned down before I could even ask, how I’d direct/pose someone (or if I should even direct them,) how I’d capture the moment, mood, and etc. Meanwhile, I was shooting photos with some pals and I hadnt captured anything I was too happy about besides a few photos all day. I wanted to start this project but I didn’t see anyone to snap a picture of UNTIL this dude just walks up, asks what we’re doing and says he wants his photo taken and just did what he did and here’s the results. So I guess here’s the first, very neon entry into this thing I’ll try to do for now on.
subject: jonathan / @j.chairez24
location: shoreline village arcade
love what is mortal
hold it tight against your bones
and when the time comes
to let it go
let it go. - this reinterpretation of Mary Oliver's poem kept ringing in my ears over the past days. it feels like the deepest, tightest squeeze, i send it your way.