We stay "connected" via our digital devices, yet sometimes the real world can feel like a very disconnected place. In this workshop, led by Stephanie Glaros, photographer/editor of Humans of Minneapolis, we will discuss the challenges and rewards of interacting with people you don't know in order to create genuine human connections. Each participant will have the opportunity to capture a stranger’s story using any media (photo, video, audio, text). The goal is to purposefully engage with someone you normally wouldn't.
First, we will discuss the challenges and rewards of stepping out of your comfort zone in order to interact with strangers. We will discuss best practices for approaching people we don’t know for portraits. Then we will venture outside (either alone or in pairs) to practice our new skills by photographing and interviewing at least one person we don’t know. Afterwards, we will regroup to share our experiences. Open to anyone 18 and up with an interest in photography (all levels welcome) and a desire to connect with others.
- Why engaging with strangers matters
- Legal/ethical issues of street photography
- Choosing subjects and how to approach them
- Dealing with rejection
- Overcoming your fears
- Document and share a stranger’s story
- Build self-confidence
- Engage with members of the community
Bring to class:
- DSLR, point-and-shoot, or smartphone camera
- Audio recording device or app (optional)
- Weather-appropriate clothes and walking shoes
- Backpack or other bag (optional, for water bottle, notebook, etc.)
- Positive attitude and sense of adventure
Students are responsible for all technical aspects of their equipment, as this class does not include time for help with gear.