I thought the challenge of the project was very fitting for my insecurities, and I loved the idea of it involving the expired film.
The most challenging part was trusting myself and letting unfamiliar people trust me with such a personal process as taking pictures of them. I didn’t know what the result would look like and I didn’t want to disappoint the ones to whom I promised the pictures.
The feedback from my models helped me a lot, I feel more confident with my work and I can be more brazen to approach strangers with my photography.
I find it energy consuming. After I approach at least a couple of strangers in one day, I feel like I need to take a rest from photography for for another day or two. Sometimes it depends on the people as well: some models made feel charged and more inspired after I approached them.
Because I lived in college residence, most of my neighbours were the people that I saw almost every day, but I barely talked to them. And I picked my models because they looked interesting to talk to. Because of Neighbo(u)r, most of those encounters turned into friendship and productive relationships.
As I worked with unfamiliar models more and more, I became more relaxed and confident with how to make every person look as interesting as I see them in my head.
Of course, I’m planning to keep in touch with most of the people I took pictures of during that month.