Portraits of Strangers: Can I Take Your Picture?

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Many people think that taking photos of strangers in the street is a very hard thing to do, and it is! But it is also very fun, so I decided to grab my Horizon Perfekt and walk through the main square of Lima asking people for a picture of them from the hip. This is what I got.

I work in the Historic Center of Lima, capital of Peru. My office is two blocks away from the Plaza de Armas or Main Square of the city. During a business day, you can see a lot of tourist from all over the world in those big double decked busses that are very popular in Lima these days, taking pictures and having a good time. There are local tourist too, people from other cities of Peru visiting the Plaza and having fun.

I live half an hour from the center of Lima and I had never walked so much around this beautiful place before. I used to come here a couple of times a year to visit the Cathedral and eat some ice cream with friends. Now, I practically live here! I think this is not only a place where a lot of important things happenend in the past, but it is also a place where you can live, breathe and feel the city. So, when I see all this people here, I can’t help wondering, What do you think about this place? I know it isn’t an easy question to answer, coming from a stranger with a very funny camera hanging from his neck. But if you ask politely, show them a friendly smile and be yourself; you can receive more than you expected!

So that’s how I did it! I was just walking around the square asking to strangers if I could take a picture of them. I must say that having my Horizon Perfekt with me helped me to get the photo, this camera looks amazing! :)

I took these with Lomography CN400

They asked me if I was a journalist (police man was really worried about finding his photo in the newspaper next day). I found two girls from Spain and Mexico, and a couple from United Kingdom who liked the camera and asked me to send them their picture to an email. I also wanted to take a photo to this guy who works in the square taking pictures of people with a small printer in his backpack. He was very glad that I wanted to have a photo of him and helped me to set the aperture of my camera. I promised to show him the results.

and these with a Fuji CN200

They were working, visiting the city, taking pictures or just spending the last days of summer here. It really doesn’t matter what they were doing, I realized that we are not used to talk to other people because we are always on a rush, or we don’t trust in strangers. But it is amazing what a smile and a beautiful camera can do to break that invisible wall we all have in front of us that protect us from finding really nice people around us.

written by joseman on 2012-04-02 in #lifestyle

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