Stranger Portraits

“A person with whom one has had no personal acquaintance”

This is how the word “stranger” is defined.

A word that often carries with it a sense of fear, and an unwelcomed notion. These feelings are instilled into us from such an early age and throughout the rest of our lives. We’re told to avoid strangers, and we’re told nothing good can come from them. Yet curiosity is interwoven into the very fiber of our being. By nature we have this urge to explore the unknown, venture where we shouldn’t, and chase mystiques.

Mystique. “An aura of mystery” is something that fills my mind anytime I make eye contact with a stranger on the subway, a crowded street, a quiet bar, or anywhere else. I’m curious about everything they are, could be, and have been. I’ve always found myself fascinated by the stories so many of us have to tell when simply given the chance. Whether it be seeing someone hard at work and never making eye contact, or staring someone dead in the eyes and having a conversation with them, strangers fascinate me and always leave me interested in learning more—even if it’s just capturing that moment.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica – June 22, 2015

Toronto, Ontario – November 19, 2014

Nassau, Bahamas – December 14, 2014

Nassau, Bahamas – December 15, 2014

Atlantic Ocean - December 10, 2014

Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – January 6, 2014

Chicago, Illinois – April 26, 2014

Ocho Rios, Jamaica – June 22, 2015

Seattle, Washington – February 17, 2014

Toronto, Ontario – October 20, 2014