Lifestyle Feature of the Week


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.

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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 #holga #articles-of-the-week #lifestyle-feature-of-the-week #portraits-of-strangers #panchoballard


  1. panchoballard
    panchoballard ·

    Yay, thank you!

  2. vici
    vici ·

    Great photos!

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