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Stranger 69/100 – Ben

100 Strangers - BenStranger 69/100 – Ben

While talking with Reggie (stranger #26), I noticed our next stranger walking by and had to approach him.

Meet Ben.

“I just got here. I was living in London so… I’ve been here before, and I liked it.”

Just visiting? “No, actually, I think I’m going to probably move here for a few months and then go back to London. Because, there, you’re only allowed to stay for six months if you don’t have a work visa, and I couldn’t get one.”

What advice would you give to your younger self? “That is tough. Wait to get married. Yeah, I got married too early.”

What is your biggest challenge right now? “Trying to stay in London. {laughs} Because my girlfriend bought a house there and… you can buy a house there, but you can’t stay there. So, we’re both working on getting our visas to stay. She’s going back to school. I’m a chef. They have a shortage of chefs there. I could get a job there easily it’s just the problem is getting a visa. So you have to be sponsored by the restaurant, and that costs a lot of money. And a lot of places have to be licensed in order to do that.”

Where do you want to be in ten years? “Own my own restaurant. Have a rock and roll band.”

What do you play? “Everything. I don’t sing. That’s the only thing I don’t do. I can’t sing. Before I moved to the UK, I was in Philadelphia, and my girlfriend and I had a band. I mean we just used our computer and GarageBand to do pretty much everything and record.”

What kind of music do you make? “Myself, it’s more like early California death rock… little bit of Goth and punk in it.”

What kind of bands would be similar? “Christian Death, maybe early T.S.O.L.”

If you could put up a billboard in Charlotte, what would it say? “My dad always told me if you live long enough, strange shit will find you. I think that’s been very true in my life.”

Technical Notes: I interviewed Ben while we walked and searched for better light. We stopped here and there, took some photos and continued walking. This was one of the last pictures I took. I used a small reflector to even out the light on his face.


Stranger 27/100 – Jill

100 Strangers - JillI had only just arrived uptown when I spotted our next stranger sitting on a bench taking a break from work. What a great start to the day.

Meet Jill.

What advice would you give to your younger self? “Don’t follow the crowd.”

What are your goals? “Hopefully my band will take off. I’m a lead vocalist. I actually met the lead guitarist on Craig’s List Musicians. He had the perfect style of music, and he and I wrote about eleven songs in a month and a half.”

Do you have a name for the band? “Forever May Fall… and we’re looking for our drummer and we’re ready to go.”

Are you connected with the music scene in Charlotte? “There’s actually a really great music scene. I’ve been in and out of it with open mics and stuff. It’s a little hard to find a dedicated drummer because they seem to kind of spread themselves thin. The three of us in my band are very dedicated, so we’re trying to find somebody that has the dedication to match and can also match the music style. Otherwise we’re doing pretty good.”

Can you describe the style of music? “If Breaking Benjamin and Flyleaf had a baby. {laughs}”

How would your friends describe you? “I do what I want. {laughs} Free spirit, leader… I don’t care what anybody thinks. I stick to my guns. That’s me… the most lovable asshole you’ll ever meet. {laughs}”

Technical Notes: We were in a well-lit area next to the curb. Her eyes really popped with this angle, so I had to pick this one for the project.