I've been thinking about this project for more than a year. The collection will be housed HERE. Eventually, as time and courage allows, I will be able to look back on this project and see the faces of 100 strangers. My intention, of course, is to practice using my "real" camera, but as I prepared to head out for the parade, I knew I would be spending the entire day out among the crowd and didn't want to worry about carrying it.
I ended up armed with my iPhone and just enough courage to start the project with this first picture. After being a bit afraid to approach her, I finally just went up, got permission, and took this photo:
And with this photo, the project is started.
Jackie is part of a samba dance troupe that was near my contingent at the San Francisco Pride parade. Along with her troupe members, they DANCED the entire parade route.
I love her makeup, the fiery colors of her plumes, and that little nose ring. Her makeup is put on for show... for a parade!
Thank you, Jackie, my first stranger model, for allowing me to photograph you for the project!