Lifestyle Feature of the Week

2

This week’s featured lifestyle article is “Portraits of Strangers: To Ask Or Not To Ask, That Is The Question.” Submitted by panchoballard, he mulls over his technique in approaching and photographing interesting people—and dogs—he spots on the street.

“It’s not always easy to take a photo of a stranger. It needs courage and politeness. Or sometimes it just needs pure cheek. This is how I got the shots and why I took them in the first place. Six strangers and a few dogs, here are a few of my favourite stranger portraits, taken on a variety of film cameras.”

Photos by panchoballard

“So if you ever see a stranger you’d like to take a portrait of, don’t be afraid to ask. Smile, be polite, lie a little if you need to (i.e. “I really love your hat,” etc.) and don’t pester them if they say no. There are plenty of people out there, you’ll get your shots eventually.”

Read more from Portraits of Strangers: To Ask Or Not To Ask, That Is The Question.

We picked this post by panchoballard because his approach is very down-to-earth and doable. No long introductions or rude interjections. Plus, those are some really cute dogs.

Congratulations on winning 10 piggies!

If you’d like to be considered for Article of the Week, keep submitting your analogue stories! Check out our requested posts to see what we’re looking for. “Portraits of Strangers” is one of our regular themes so, as panchoballard advises, don’t be afraid to ask!

written by denisesanjose on 2012-03-16 #lifestyle-feature-of-the-week #lifestyle #portraits-of-strangers #panchoballard #articles-of-the-week #holga

2 Comments

  1. panchoballard
    panchoballard ·

    Yay, thank you!

  2. vici
    vici ·

    Great photos!

More Interesting Articles

  • How the Very First Commercial Instant Camera Came to Be

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-11-19
    How the Very First Commercial Instant Camera Came to Be

    Children, ever curious and with an innate sense of wonder, ask a lot of questions. Often they're easy enough to answer, but sometimes there are those that leave the adults stumped and mulling over them. The history of the instant camera as we know it began with one such question.

  • Scenes from Istanbul: Stephen Dowling and the LC-A 120

    written by Lomography London on 2015-12-03 #people
    Scenes from Istanbul: Stephen Dowling and the LC-A 120

    Stephen Dowling is no stranger to the LC-A 120 camera; he has brought it on trips to Brighton, Malta and most recently, on a holiday in Istanbul. In this feature, Stephen talks about his experience shooting with this medium format camera around the markets and mosques of one of Turkey's most colourful and vibrant cities.

    1
  • Meet our LomoGuru: zulupt

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-08-15 #videos
    Meet our LomoGuru: zulupt

    Aside from being an immensely talented lomographer, what makes him a perfect LomoGuru is his burning desire to share his knowledge. The city where he lives is full of people who are interested in analog photography, but the lack of easy access to film and equipment poses a challenge for them to pursue their passion. To keep them motivated, Hugo organizes workshops and tours on different film photography techniques and DIY tricks. Let's give a loud round of applause to Hugo Pereira, better known in the community as zulupt, our LomoGuru from Marinha Grande, Portugal!

    21
  • Shop News

    New Item: iBlazr 2

    New Item: iBlazr 2

    Light up all your shots with this light-weight, versatile and wireless LED flash! Works best with any iOS and android platforms.

  • Giles Clement: The Wayfaring Tintyper

    written by jacobs on 2015-08-27 #people
    Giles Clement: The Wayfaring Tintyper

    Reminiscent of traveling photographers of the 19th century, Giles Clement tours through the country with his assistant, Zeiss (an Irish Terrier), offering everything from portrait sessions to wildly creative photographic projects for magazines and companies. And although his mode of transportation may have evolved with the times, his photographic method and gear have changed very little compared to the photographers of days past. Now, with over 3 years of tintyping experience under his belt and an impressive list of clients, he's carved a name out for himself as an accomplished tintyper and continues to spread his passion for this ages-old technique everywhere he goes.

    6
  • A Salute to the Masters: Gypsies in Como (A Tribute to Josef Koudelka)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-10-31
    A Salute to the Masters: Gypsies in Como (A Tribute to Josef Koudelka)

    This article is dedicated to the Czech photographer, Josef Koudelka, and his book, "Gypsies," a classic in documentary photography. "Gypsies" contains a series of images Koudelka took between 1962 and 1971 in the former Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, France, and Spain. Here, he was able to masterfully depict the simplicity of the gypsy lifestyle, never presenting their situation as a social problem but instead showing their lives as a mix of joyfulness and wonder, sorrow and mystery.

    1
  • LomoAmigo Stu Chapman of Indisposable Concept with the Konstruktor F

    written by Teresa Sutter on 2016-04-30 #people
    LomoAmigo Stu Chapman of Indisposable Concept with the Konstruktor F

    Stu Chapman is the founder of Indisposable Concept, a project to encourage people around the world to share what's indispensable about film. What rocks his world as an ambassador of the analogue lifestyle? We asked him to show us with a Konstruktor F.

  • Shop News

    LomoLab Europe has moved!

    LomoLab Europe has moved!

    The LomoLab EU has moved and is now open for business! Analogue lovers from Austria, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxenbourg, and the rest of Europe can send their films to: Lomographische AG LomoLAB Kaiserstrasse 34/12 1070 WIen Austria However, if you're based in Germany - and you don't mind a longer waiting time, you can still send your rolls for processing to: Lifesmyle Store Berlin - LomoLAB Friedrichstraße 133 10117 Berlin Germany

  • My First Lomo Affair: Jmcedo and his LC-A+

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-09-13
    My First Lomo Affair: Jmcedo and his LC-A+

    Joan Manel Cedó is an avid fan of extreme sports. He has been a rock climber for two decades and has also gained interest in kitesurfing over the years. In both sports, he tries to incorporate his passion for photography. In this instalment of My First Lomo Affair, he talks about how he chance upon the carefree style of shooting with the LC-A+ and all the adventures that followed this discovery.

    2
  • Newcomer of the Week: witsawarut

    written by icequeenubia on 2015-12-27
    Newcomer of the Week: witsawarut

    This week's featured newcomer takes us on adventure around the colorful streets of Bangkok, Thailand. An architect by profession, he is passionate about arts and photography. Let's all give a loud round of applause to witsawarut, our Newcomer of the Week!

    3
  • East London LC-A+ Graffiti Walk Recap

    written by lomographysoholondon on 2015-08-11 #news
    East London LC-A+ Graffiti Walk Recap

    East London is the perfect place to spot some interesting and colourful graffiti. Lomography Gallery Store Soho recently ran an LC-A+ workshop where we documented some of the best urban street art in the city!

  • Shop News

    Say Aloha to the Lomo'Instant Honolulu!

    Say Aloha to the Lomo'Instant Honolulu!

    Ride the wave of infinite creative possibility with the Lomo'Instant Honolulu! Sway with the palm trees, dig your toes in the sand, and start snapping amazing instant photos!

  • Newcomer of the Week: gweilolife

    written by lomography on 2016-05-08
    Newcomer of the Week: gweilolife

    Hong Kong-based Lomographer Gweilo uses photography to document the changes in the city and its people. This relentless passion, backed by stunning street shots, sealed his place as our Newcomer of the Week.

    2
  • Lomo In-Depth: The Art of Translating the Self into a Photograph

    written by Ciel Hernandez on 2016-06-12 #culture
    Lomo In-Depth: The Art of Translating the Self into a Photograph

    To the photographer, his photograph may as well be a reflection of himself -- and sometimes, just being yourself is the best way to approach the art of photography.

  • Analogue Journey: An Interview with Lorenzo Scudiero

    written by Ivana Džamić on 2016-07-27 #people
    Analogue Journey: An Interview with Lorenzo Scudiero

    This young artist has drawn our attention with breathtaking photographs which give colour to the life around us. He has managed to show a perfect blend of nature and its harmony with people. His portraits tell stories of young people around him and different places he visited.