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Meet a Stranger

Stop and say hello

If you work downtown and walk along Stephen Ave you would have passed Shaun as you crossed by Hudson Bay. Shaun is currently enjoying a slower pace of life working as the crossing guy at this, one of the main DT intersections. He’s always smiling at, and chatting with, people as they cross the road so it was only natural…

Drums, hockey and Robin Hood

I had a great conversation today with a guy called Graham who’s a drummer. He’s also still playing a bit of street hockey even at the ripe old age of 73 as it helps loosen up his back before he plays drums. He told me he’d been playing drums for over 55 years and was inspired by Keith Moon of…

It came good in the end

I got chatting to “D” while waiting to cross the road. As we chatted I asked him how he’d lost his leg; he told that he’d brought bad drugs from someone he shouldn’t have. He knew the guy was known for selling rough cut stuff, but he needed a fix. I then asked him if his leg had become infected…

Pac-man and banjos

Two of Downtowns more colourful characters, Banjo Andy (left) and Court Agent Michael in one of his more reserved suits. Banjo Andy can often be found up on 17th Ave SW playing his Banjo and singing his heart out. One thing is certain he’s one of Calgary’s most popular characters and it’s always worth stopping for a chat if you…

How to shoot stranger portraits

Photographing a stranger is something that is intimidating to a lot of photographers, and that’s completely understandable. After all we are injecting ourselves into another persons life, and they might or might not be willing to let us photograph them. We might get turned down or forced to be in an awkward situation. But, this struggle is something that is really fascinating because in…

Lets meet……

I decided to spend the day capturing a few more stranger portraits along with their back stories. Stranger portraits has been an ongoing project since the summer of 2018 and I have now made 700+. Below are some of the strangers I meet today and the portraits I made. Jose Juan Sanchez is currently on a sabbatical from his job…

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