Icebreaker Photos

This week’s assignment in my photojournalism class was to photograph six complete strangers, collect their contact info, and ask them the question “What is one thing you couldn’t live without and why?”

The start of this assignment was mentally and emotionally painful for me because I was super nervous and the first person that I asked was pretty cold and turned me down. That experience actually made me cry and I was discouraged from the profession for the day. The next day I knew I had to photograph at least half of the requirement, so I chose to stick to downtown Bellingham because I felt like the people would be more used to interacting with strangers there and would possibly be more friendly than the person the previous day.; As it turned out, they were! Below are the six required photos, plus an extra one, because the guy really wanted to chat for an hour and a half.

Overall I had a lot of fun with this assignment and editing the photos afterwards. The people I met were mostly wonderful, friendly and memorable. I am now looking forward to my future photography assignments.

This assignment taught me how to scout out for willing subjects, how to approach them and introduce the assignment and how to handle rejection and overly chatty people.

Next week’s assignment is to photograph six people for environmental portraits! Wish me luck. 🙂

 

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Nicholas Roberg, 25, smiles in front of fish tanks inside Clark Feed & Seed in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. “I couldn’t live without my animals. They are so welcoming when I come home every day.” (Photo by Ashley Kenerson)

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Sarah Fisken, 21, smiles behind the counter at Clark Feed & Seed in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. “I couldn’t live without my dogs, the always make me smile.” (Photo by Ashley Kenerson)

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Janet Ballard, 48, smiles while holding her dog Sissy at the Bellingham Station in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. “I couldn’t live without Sissy. She has been with me since I first held her.” (Photo by Ashley Kenerson)

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Scott Marx, 28, plays his faithful acoustic on the sidewalk of Railroad Avenue in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. “I couldn’t live without my guitar because music makes the world go round.” (Photo by Ashley Kenerson)

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Prabhjot Singh, 18, smiles behind the counter of Subway on Old Fairhaven Pkwy in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. “I couldn’t live without Snapchat because it’s my life. I spend most of my free time on my posts.” (Photo by Ashley Kenerson)

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Kellen O’Neill, 21, smiles at the top of the watch tower in the arboretum of Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. “I couldn’t live without friendship because human contact is the point of living in my opinion.” (Photo by Ashley Kenerson)

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Austin Haas doing the Ricky Bobby in the Sehome Arboretum of Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. “I couldn’t live without baseball because baseball is the best goddamn thing left on this planet.” (Photo by Ashley Kenerson)

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