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Stranger 59/100 – Tony

100 Strangers - TonyOur next stranger works at a local coffee house. I approached him while he was playing Pokémon Go with a friend. “We did a couple of legendary raids…”

Meet Tony.

What do you do in your free time? “Hang out with friends mainly.”

What advice would you give to your younger self? “Keep your chin up. Everything’s going to be ok. It’s something I always tell myself when things get kind of hard.”

What is your biggest challenge right now? “Being an adult. {laughs}”

What’s the hardest thing about being an adult? “Just realizing that work is just like school. So I’m really doing the same thing I was doing as a kid… except now I get paid.”

What would you do if you had a million dollars? “I wouldn’t do anything different. Money’s not a big deal. It just means I have a lot more of it. I can’t think of anything off the top of my head that I would do special.”

What are you goals? Where do you want to be in ten years? “Just surviving. Keeping comfortable. No huge aspirations.”

What is your passion? “In between coffee and cartoons. Anything from kids cartoons to adult cartoons, Japanese Anime and just your average American cartoons.”

Technical Notes: This photo was taken in an open alleyway in front of a dark window. His friend was kind enough to hold the reflector for me to light Tony’s face more evenly.

Stranger 55/100 – Nate

100 Strangers - Nate“I was born in Detroit, raised down in Florida, but basically I cut ties with the family that I was with.”

Meet Nate.

“It’s a long story, but they kind of took the role of my mom and dad, and it really wasn’t working out too well when I started getting older. They started out really wealthy, and by the time I was twelve, they lost all the money by the twin towers going down. My uncle… his business went under. So I kind of got turned into from being their ‘son’ to becoming like a pet that they didn’t want anymore. So, I just kind of raised myself from that point on, and then when I turned sixteen, it got too difficult being there in that environment… I moved out at sixteen and a half and got my own apartment, finished high school, then went back up to Detroit… that’s where I met my fiancé. I finished up college down here.”

What advice would you give to your younger self? “Get out earlier than I could have or go and broaden my horizons, go and travel a lot more. I’m just now realizing how much you can actually experience with just talking with other people and going instead of staying inside or staying in the neighborhood, you know, feeling comfortable. I should have really just branched out and made my own family and met people. I’m starting to try to do it now. It’s just kind of hard with being older and having older people responsibilities.”

Do you have a place that you’d want to travel to first? “I want to go to Machu Picchu in Peru. I want to go to the tip top, breath fresh air and feel that inner spirit.”

Technical Notes: We were in a bright alleyway and Nate was positioned in front of a dark window. I used a reflector to even out the light on his face.

Stranger 54/100 – Annette

Stranger-54–Annette.jpgOur next stranger was very positive, relaxed and comfortable in her own skin. She readily agreed to have her portrait taken.

Meet Annette.

What brings you uptown? “I work here. I’m an architect.”

What advice would you give to your younger self? “It will all work out. Like, stress out less. It’s going to be fine, kid.”

Did you stress out a lot when you were younger? “Oh yeah. Well, because it’s one of those things where you’re trying to make all the big life decisions like going into college, going into high school… Oh my gosh, I have to figure out the next step of my whole life! Just go with it… it will be fine. {laughs}”

And do you think you have less stress now or do you just better cope with it? “Better coping. {laughs}”

What is your biggest challenge right now? “Still the same stuff… like am I doing what I’m supposed to be doing or should I be doing something else? As much as I love where I am and what I’m doing, sometimes you can get complacent especially in a creative field. I like mixing things up and keeping things interesting.”

What are your goals? “I’d really like to have my own company and run my own firm.”

How would you do it different than your current place? “I’m a lot more invested in technology than my current firm. I also like experimental science and research which is not typically aspects that you integrate directly into architecture. I don’t know why…”

Are there a lot of overly traditional mindsets in architecture? “Yeah, you get one or the other. So, you get people who are almost purely sculptors and it’s really tricky to justify their designs. It’s like they’re beautiful, but they’re not actually helpful and there are buildings where they’re very helpful, but they’re just ugly, and they’re not uplifting, and they’re not inspirational, and they’re not any of those other things that good architecture should be.”

Do most architects usually have one or the other of those traits? Is it a rare breed to find someone who does both? “Yeah, it’s rare to find both.”

A practical artist… “Yeah, it’s like finding really good furniture design. It’s also very tricky.”

Functional, but yet beautiful… “Yeah.”

How would your friends describe you? ”I’m usually the weird one. {laughs} Very stable, but I’m very odd. {laughs}”

Technical Notes: We were in a shaded area, and I was a little concerned about not having enough light. I used a reflector, which Annette helped me hold, to increase the light levels.

Stranger 53/100 – Bre

100 Strangers - BreWhat brings you to uptown? “Homework.”

Meet Bre.

“I have to write some reports on like International stuff, so I’m going to the Mint Museum. There’s a photography exhibit from Mexican artists. Just something local that I didn’t have to spend money for.”

What are you studying in school? “Accounting… nothing fun. I’m good with budgets.”

What do you do for fun? “I write… fiction and fan fiction.”

What genres do you like? “For fan fiction, I’m doing a lot of Sherlock right now.”

What advice would you give to your younger self? “Don’t be so afraid. It’s something I’m learning right now.”

What is your biggest challenge? “My anxiety… just being out, talking to people, doing stuff.”

What would you do if you had a million dollars? “Travel.”

Do you have a place in mind? “No, I just want to backpack. But, I want to be brave enough to backpack.”

How would your friends describe you? “A laugher I guess.   I laugh a lot. I like to make people laugh if I can.”

If you could put up a billboard, what would it say? “To thine own self be true. Just be yourself, and if that’s hard then learn to make it easy I guess. Love yourself.”

Do you follow that rule? “I try. I’m learning to right now. That’s what my playlist is… female singers who are all about loving themselves.”

Technical Notes: This photo was taken in an open alleyway in front of a dark window. Bre kindly helped me hold a reflector to brighten up her face.

Stranger 50/100 – Danielle

Stranger-50–Danielle.jpgI met our next stranger at the main train stop in Uptown Charlotte. She was a good sport to do our photo shoot in the middle of a crowded train platform.

Meet Danielle.

What brings you uptown today? “Yeah, it’s called College Launch. They’re just like preparing us for college and the future.”

What do you do in your free time? “Baking, watching shows.”

What advice would you give to your younger self? “Just be cautious of the decisions you’re going to be making.”

What would you do if you had a million dollars? “{laughs} I’d actually just put it in the bank, save up for my college and just help my mom out.”

How would your friends describe you? “A fun, energetic person.”

Where do you want to be in ten years? “I want to open up my own bakery. I just started baking cakes and then I just kind of went to cheesecakes, brownies, cookies and different things.”

Do you have a family that likes to eat? “{laughs} Yes!”

Technical Notes: This picture was taken with natural light under a slightly tinted glass shelter.

Stranger 49/100 – Brian

100 Strangers - BrianIt was hard not to notice our next stranger sitting on a tandem bike with his companion, Lyselle.

Meet Brian.

So you’re bike riding and having adventures today? “Yeah, that’s a way to put it.”

What do you do when you’re not out and about? “I own an industrial motor repair company. We basically repair big, bad-ass magnets for power plants and coal mines. We have a small foundry and some different metal cutting machines. I do some music, and I’m a self-development coach.”

What advice would you give to your younger self? “Engage people. You know, your network is your net worth. You’re as valuable was the ideas that surround you. The ideas that people possess. So, engage it. You gotta engage them. Know where you’re headed and get those ideas surrounding you. If you’re seeking money, well then you probably need to get around more affluent people. If you’re seeking art, you need to get around artists.”

I heard a saying that you’re the product of the five people you hang around with the most. “Absolutely. Your wealth, the amount of money you’ll see, your health, your attitude, all kinds of things, your manners… And I don’t believe that it’s six degrees of separation anymore. I think we’re probably looking at three or four now with the Internet. You’re only just a few steps away from the prince of any country or the king or the president of any nation. There are barriers to entry, but you can still navigate through them. The opportunities will follow, the success will follow, the dreams will follow quicker when you have the proper people on your team.”

Technical Notes: It was the end of the day and the sun was shining on Brian’s right side. I used a reflector to bounce some light onto his face to create a more even look.

Stranger 48/100 – Shequita

100 Strangers - ShequitaStranger 48/100 – Shequita

What brings you uptown? “Date night!”

Meet Shequita.

What advice would you give to your younger self? “To pay more attention and to get close to Jesus at an early age.”

Is that something you didn’t do when you were younger? “When I was younger, yeah, I was a little rebellious…”

What do you do in your free time? “I minister to people, encourage people to live better, to apply wisdom. I love encouraging the youth… I like to encourage them to live better and to walk in their identity and their truth.”

What would you do if you had a million dollars? “If I had a million dollars, I would invest it. I would invest it in my gift. I would invest it in something with purpose like to help the homeless, help somebody else.”

How would your friends describe you? “They would say that I’m outgoing, strong, fun person, family person.”

Technical Notes: This is my first night shot with my new LED panel, and I’m very happy with the way it turned out. I set it to a warm setting (3200K) and adjusted the color temperature in Lightroom to 2960K to make the colors cooler. In the future, I will add more light on the subject to help me bring down the ISO and to avoid burning in the bokeh so much.