Photographing strangers

The first time I can remember asking a stranger to take their picture was in college. I was working on a photography assignment that focused on colors, and I saw a guy in a green uniform. I walked up to him and asked if I could take his portrait. He said yes.

If it wasn’t for one of my college journalism courses that was unofficially dubbed “Talking to Strangers”, I would have never felt semi-comfortable asking this stranger. I tend to walk a line between introversion and extroversion, and this very clearly crossed a boundary my introverted side did not want to cross. But I did it anyway. The sheer nerves that came preceded a thrill of excitement and accomplishment.

I’ve been doing this ever since. I still feel the nerves and excitement when approaching a stranger, each one with a unique personality and story.

Whenever I travel, I try to take a photo of a stranger at each major location. I don’t pretend to be the most talented photographer, but I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey of photographing strangers and want to share that journey here.

Here are some of the first photos I took of strangers, from my time at UNH.

The first stranger
A skateboarder at UNH
The Knot bouncer

Boston 6.6.20

In this climate of uncertainty and tension, I’ve asked myself, “What can I do? How can I help?” This photo series was my unexpected answer — a way to share the voices of others beyond my own.

These are some of the faces I saw and voices I heard in Boston. Hope mingled with gravitas. Pain heightened by silence. Innocence pointing to change.

Through it all, Boston is resilient. Boston is strong.



Evan: “We need to uplift and support no matter what because that’s how we get where we want to be.”


“It’s hot, and what’s one breeze going to do for a five-hour shift?”


Joni Lee Rossi of Back Bay Staffing Group: #smallbusinessrocksseries


The crew of Boston Board Up: “It’s been a long day… We boarded up a church and a Shake Shack across the street.”


Joe: “Never give up the opportunity to talk with an interesting person… I’ve done my part. It’s up to you guys now.”

Otis Franklin Thompson Jr. with his urban memoir “Crack Under Pressure”


“Now we can officially say we’re male models.”