a brand new minneapolis no. 26 (west bank) on Flickr.
Mamiya 645 1000s | Mamiya Sekor-C 80mm f/1.9 (shot at f/5.6) | Fuji Acros 100 | Rodinal (1:50)
This is Sophie. I met her as she was walking to class on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota campus. I stopped her to explain my project and she was totally game to stop for a portrait. Well, she was a bit concerned about what she was wearing (“Of all days!” she exclaimed, motioning towards her casual attire). I tend to get that a lot, especially from the women I photograph. I understand why, but often, what draws me to my subjects isn’t what they’re wearing, but rather something interesting about their face or just their general vibe. I’m not the Sartorialist after all! (Minneapolis, for all of its charms, is not the most fashionable city; that is, unless you count hipster as high fashion…). So 90% of my job is to persuade people that I talk to that their appearance is fine just the way it is and that all I’m looking for is a nice, relaxed expression. I’m glad I got through to Sophie.
This picture is the twenty-sixth in my 100 strangers project, to learn more and see the rest of A Brand New Minneapolis, click here.
Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page