Portrait photography of strangers by Christopher Ward
Walking up to strangers and asking for a picture.
“How much larger your life would be if your self could become smaller in it; if you could really look at other men with common curiosity and pleasure; if you could see them walking as they are in their sunny sefishness and their virile indifference! You would begin to be interested in them, because they are not interested in you.
You would break out of this tiny and tawdry theatre in which your own little plot is always played, and you would find yourself under a freer sky, in a street full of splendid strangers.” - G.K. Chesterton.
Many of us have a fear of strangers, or at the very least have an indifference to those people we pass on the street every day.
When I first came up with the idea to take portraits of strangers it was as a form of therapy. I have longed to break out of the tiny and tawdry theatre of my own little plot, and see the “splendid strangers” all around me.