You are the only exception

by Rachele Schneekloth February. 03, 2021 640 views

I took a walk through our city today...

I met Muhammad

I met Muhammad

I met Christopher

I met Christopher

Freddy of Freddy J's barbecue on Grant St.

Freddy of Freddy J's barbecue on Grant St.

I met Joe

I met Joe

I ran into Christopher again! "God bless America!"

I ran into Christopher again! "God bless America!"

John

John

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Piotr Buraczewski 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Rachele, wonderful smiles. I followed your example and approached to chaps as I was jogging this morning, They posed happily to the picture. Well, looks like there are some sensible Europeans ūüėĀ. I will keep trying.

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Rachele Schneekloth Replied to Piotr Buraczewski 2 months, 3 weeks ago

That's great, how fun! Most people don't mind... and if they do say no, you can just say ok no problem have a nice day!

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Chuck Staruch 3 months, 1 week ago

Wonderful captures as usual!!camera
Quick question Rachele:  How do approach capturing people on the street?
Do you strike up a conversation first? Do you ask permission etc.?
Just curious to how you approach photographing people.

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Rachele Schneekloth Replied to Chuck Staruch 3 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Chuck! And I'm so glad you asked because I love talking about this project! What I usually do is say some version of "I'm taking pictures of people for a project I'm doing about Buffalo - can I take your photo?" or "would you mind if I took your picture?" Or if they are too far away I just point at my camera to ask. Sometimes I do take photos w/o permission if something is happening that I don't want to miss, but I do like to ask permission. I show them the photos in my camera after / while taking them also, and talk about how beautiful the photos are (and they always are!) The photo taking often turns into a longer conversation, and I introduce myself, ask their name, ask questions and talk about whatever. My favorite part though is that I do print out many of the photos (if I think I might see them again) and carry them around with me to give back to them. People LOVE getting their photos! And I have a magic camera that makes everyone look amazing. A lot of the people you see in my posts are people I run into again and again, or go seek out if I haven't seen them for a while. I bring them their photos and then we take more photos. I am a teacher so I'm used to memorizing names quickly - it helps that I always remember their names (I do write them down in a notebook afterwards, so I can put them in the blog) and ask how they have been doing. Lastly, for Christmas I bought myself some business cards that the title of my project - "See No Strangers" - and they have my photoblog address. I used to just scribble it out for people when they asked what the photos are for - now I can hand them a card and it sure makes me less like a crazy person smile. 
People do say no sometimes, but it's ok - I used to be afraid of rejection but I've gotten braver. I HAVE had two instances where the person became VERY angry and that was disconcerting! But most people are happy to say yes, or just politely say no thanks. Yesterday when I was taking the photo of the man with his daughter on his shoulders, as they approached me I also got in the shot two other women who were walking down the street. They asked me to please delete the photo they were in and I said absolutely and did that right away. I want to always show respect and appreciation for all of these wonderful people, whether they are in my photos are not.
So that's my story! Thanks for asking!

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Chuck Staruch Replied to Rachele Schneekloth 3 months ago

Thank you Rachele for answering me, I am what some people might call an introvert. Photography has opened me up to going way outside my comfort zone.
Street photography in today's environment can be very challenging. I have recently just started venturing out into town for spontaneous photography. My last outing had me inside the local radio station, completely unexpected, yet a real confidence booster.
Yesterday I was photographing places and people were looking at me driving by like, what is this guy up too?
Low and behold as I was leaving the area I saw a police car in my rear view mirror pull into were I just left. Not sure if someone called but I thought it was odd for sure.
You have inspired me to be a little bolder when it comes to people and photography!  Thank you!!sunglasses

3 months ago Edited
Rachele Schneekloth Replied to Chuck Staruch 3 months ago

I've never done anything like this before, and have to really grow my courage! It's gotten easier and easier. It helps that I know that I am doing something good in the world, and that I want to only present people at their best. I would never keep or post an embarrassing or unflattering picture. Also, when someone "catches" me taking their photo, I always smile and wave! They usually wave back. Good luck Chuck! Have fun!

3 months ago Edited
Leon Linder 3 months, 1 week ago

Rachele your presence must inspire some of those smiles and poses. Keep it up.smile

3 months, 1 week ago Edited
Rachele Schneekloth Replied to Leon Linder 3 months, 1 week ago

Thank you so much Leon! I am making new friends!

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Bridgetevans 3 months, 1 week ago

What a nice day!  Smiling faces and sunshine.

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Rachele Schneekloth Replied to Bridgetevans 3 months, 1 week ago

Yes it was a beautiful day and everyone was very happy!

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