One of the biggest takeaways from having carried out this What I Wish for Series is being conscious of how more willing you can potentially become for considering doing new things and all this happens the second you’ve chosen to stray from the comfort zone you’ve been reluctant to step out of.
For a lot of people, including myself, talking to strangers is a huge unnecessary stretch we don’t actually have to do with our photography but carrying a camera has been my excuse for meeting interesting people that I wouldn’t have approached otherwise.
As far as I’m concerned, strangers are perhaps just as important as the people we already count as acquaintances but the reason we rarely have this mentality is because from a young age, we’re taught to fear strangers and a lot of us carry that distress straight into adulthood where it’s likely to do more harm than good. It can instantly become a damper on the amount of people we can potentially meet.
This past weekend, I took the drive over to Williamsburg, Brooklyn and continued the drill of walking around the chosen neighborhood, approaching complete strangers, introducing myself and describing the purpose behind the project. A quick word of advice on interacting with strangers. If you ever want to talk to a strangers and you second guess yourself and don’t end up doing it, the next time you want to approach someone, it’ll be even more difficult.
The reality is that most people don’t understand why you would want to photograph them, especially since they may not be necessarily famous or related to you but the way I see it is that everyone you meet has something to offer even while you may not know what this is immediately.
Below are responses to the willing participants when I posed the question of “What’s something you wish for?”
At the moment, Vanessa and I don’t have any travel plans but when the time comes, I’d be more than willing to experiment doing this series whether it’s in bustlign city of San Francisco or the narrow streets of Cusco, Peru.