Photographer Pays $2 To Capture Portraits Of Strangers

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Photographer Pays $2 To Capture Portraits Of Strangers

It's happened to us all at some point, for many it's a daily occurrence - strangers in the street asking you for money. Sometimes the need is genuine and transparent, sometimes you'll have doubts as to what your money would actually be used for. Those chance meetings, whether you either give money or politely decline are usually the sum total of your interaction with that person. You don't know why they ended up in the position of having to ask for handouts from stranger - you just opt in or out and then continue on.

But for gifted photographer Thomas Hawk, he saw it as an opportunity to get to know that person a little more intimately.

We all have but a short time on this earth. As slow as time can be it is also fast, swift, furious and mighty and then it’s over. Jack Kerouac is dead. Andy Warhol is dead. Garry Winogrand is dead. Lee Friedlander, Stephen Shore and William Eggleston are not dead yet, but probably will be at some point. Charles Bukowski once said that endurance was more important than truth. Charles Bukowski’s now dead.

When I’m not taking or processing the pictures I’m mostly thinking about the pictures. I’m trying to publish a library of 1,000,000 finished, processed photographs before I die.

Whenever he was asked for money in the street, he would offer them $2 in return for being allowed to take their portrait. And it's through his candid photographs that you're able to see a glimmer of the life that person currently leads. Each portrait speaks volumes about the character, personality and lifestyle of each individual.

It's the perfect transaction in many ways, a cup of coffee in return for the fleeting insight into who you are or might become in the future. Follow Thomas's ambitious journey and support his goal to document 1,000,000 photographs through his website or instagram & flickr profiles.

Via Thomas Hawk

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