Taking these pictures for my Real People project was a lot more fun than I imagined it to be. I thought I would be nervous going out and taking portraits of random people, but I actually enjoyed the experience. I got the opportunity to meet and talk to three incredible people who were just out and about in Columbia enjoying their day. I also was able to become more comfortable with the camera and the different techniques we were taught concerning photography.
I was overall surprised by how simple it was to just go up and talk to people. Carrying a camera, I thought for sure that people would immediately turn away, not wanting to have their pictures taken. It took me by surprise how many people didn’t mind it. I ended up taking photos of more than my three subjects, but these shown above were my favorites.
One thing that I could work on and that I would change if I were to go and do this project again would be to venture out deeper into Columbia and get some subjects who aren’t students.While I didn’t know any of these people beforehand and they still made for excellent photos, it would be interesting to interact and take the photos of people who aren’t in the same age group as I am.
Eventually, somewhere in my future at Mizzou, I would like to go out and do this all over again, just to see how things have changed and to see my work improve as I learn more about journalism, communicating with people and different forms of media.