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the backdrop project: maurice.

13 Apr 2011

Last Saturday, while waiting for my film to get processed, I spent an hour at Commonwealth Bar, drinking a bit of wine and reading a ridiculously good, heartbreaking novel that you all must get your hands on right this minute.  The barkeep and I struck up a conversation, and I took the opportunity to see if he’d like to participate in the Backdrop Project.   Let’s blame my excitement over asking a complete stranger if he’d like to take part in a perplexing photography project, and not the wine, on my focusing skills here.

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  1. 13 Apr 2011 7:45 pm

    i think the focus still works here. a different sort of backdrop.
    but kudos on approaching a stranger. i’m still terrified of doing that.
    (even though bartenders are never strangers, they are “friends we’ve yet to meet”)

    • 14 Apr 2011 6:44 pm

      yeah, this was my second stranger photo for the project; i’ll post the first one in a few days. both times, i’d shown them a couple of shots from previous backdrop project participants (i’d saved a couple of images on my iphone), so they had a sense of what they were getting into. and both times, they were incredibly obliging, which made me optimistic for future strangers. that said, it’s still a little nerve-wracking!

  2. 13 Apr 2011 11:55 pm

    i just ordered that book on your recommendation! been looking for a lovely fiction to sink into. thanks!

    • 14 Apr 2011 6:45 pm

      i hope you enjoy it! i’m about 30 pages to the end, and it’s just incredible, with really interesting plays on writing, language, and memory.

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