About this Project

Hi there, my name is David Weir. By day I'm usually designing pretty pixels for Ludomade here in Los Angeles, but in my spare time I enjoy taking photographs.

This project is an attempt to step out of my comfort zone and into a new level of portrait photography: by taking 100 portraits of people I have never met.

I am in no way a professional photographer, but I hope that this project will help develop my photojournalistic skills further and provide some stories into to the life's of these strangers.

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Feel free to comment, like and share these images so everyone can have there say about how I am going and what they think about the strangers I've met.

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About the Project


David Weir

Hi there, my name is David Weir. By day I’m usually designing pretty pixels for Ludomade here in Los Angeles, but in my spare time I enjoy taking photographs.

This project is an attempt to step out of my comfort zone and into a new level of portrait photography: by taking 100 portraits of people I have never met. I am in no way a professional photographer, but I hope that this project will help develop my photojournalistic skills further and provide some stories into to the life’s of these strangers.

Follow me as I attempt to reach 100 portraits and hopefully meet some cool new people on the way. Feel free to comment, like and share these images so everyone can have their say about how I am going and what they can learn from the subjects I’ve photographed. Hopefully this will be a lot of fun and I hope you can enjoy it with me.

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21 Comments

  1. Great images, beautifully packaged site as well.

  2. Ηλίας

    I love the idea! Looking forward to seeing the last one and observing the process and how it evolves your photographic skills.
    Greeting from Greece.

  3. Francesco

    I think it’s a beautiful idea… I wish you the best from this project..
    Good luck! 😉

  4. Steven

    You have given me very helpful ideas about how to begin and present my images for the 100 Strangers Project. Thanks.

  5. I love your site! How refreshing to see real people rather than photoshopped and air brushed celebrities and models. Thank you! I’m excited to see all 100 folks and read interesting stories as well. Cheers!

    • weiry100 (Author)

      Thanks Kate! Yep, all nat-ur-al here and these are just your everyday Australians (and a few from the U.S. as well) telling their stories. Glad your enjoying the project, thanks for following along.

  6. What a refreshing idea! thank you very much for sharing your work and your experience with us!

  7. Greg

    I love this! I had wanted to do a similar project in order to step out of my comfort zone as well! Did a picture a day for a year project people seemed to like, so I thought it would be cool to do a person a day for a year… Stumbled upon your site here and enjoy the stories! Keep up the good work and I’ll be checking back for more!

    • weiry100 (Author)

      Thanks Greg. I once thought about a picture-a-day project too but couldn’t help but feel I’d be just putting myself under too much pressure. This project is taking me long enough anyway 🙂 Thanks for following and I hope you enjoy my remaining stranger portraits and stories.

  8. Angus

    Nice idea dude. Best of luck with it!

  9. Great idea, I would frankly be terrified of starting this, but then again I dont do a lot of street photography.

    Good luck and great work so far.

    • weiry100 (Author)

      Thanks Rob! It is a little terrifying to start with but something that actually becomes really addictive more than nerve-wracking over time. I’ve never done anything like this before the project but I’m loving the interaction between people I otherwise would never have met. Thanks for following along and good luck with your own photography too.

  10. Takes REAL guts to approach people in public – especially when you are armed with a camera – congratulations !
    I so often see people in natural (non)poses that I would love to photograph – candid public shots would make a wonderful gallery.
    Your gallery has renewed my inspiration – how have you approached your prospective subjects ? As I am only interested in candid images my thought would be to take the shot – show them the photo and offer to delete – any suggestions from your experience ?.

  11. I loved it. I like looking at random people and about them! I was scrolling threw some wordpress sites and I found the best one! I am so happy i found this. I can not describable how good it was! Where did you get the idea?
    I like the idea a lot! Cheers for building it

    -Sincerrly
    Ross

  12. Peter

    These are fantastic. I am thinking of starting my 100 Strangers project myself, pushing myself over that ‘hump’ to get going! What kind of equipment do you usually use – any lighting aids or do you just take advantage of available light? Also, do you do a lot of post processing to achieve your look?

    • weiry100 (Author)

      Hi Peter, you should definitely give this project a go. Once you get over that ‘hump’ to get started it becomes easy and you’ll be wondering why you didn’t start it earlier. Everyone gets nervous at the beginning, thats one of the great hurdles you’ll learn to overcome.

      As far as lighting, up until this point (#41) I haven’t used any strobes or artificial light, with everything being natural light so far. I plan on trying some portraits with some off-camera flash at some stage before I reach the end.

      In regards to post-production work, I don’t really do a lot to my photos in post. Most of the time they are simple edits like contrast adjustments and then add the text to the image as well. I’m learning a lot more with each photo I take, making sure my highlights and shadows aren’t blowing out, and getting the shot right in camera from the beginning. Thats the great thing about this project, I get to learn with every portrait I take – and hopefully by the time I reach #100 you’ll be able to see some improvement since #1 where I began.

      Good luck with your project!

  13. melanie

    Just found your site and love your project. I will keep checking in for new strangers portraits. Very inspiring!!!!

  14. Kara-Jayne Thorn

    I stumbled across your project whilst researching artists, I am a 2nd photography student at Farnham UCA in England (UK). The photos made me smile, simple, yet elegant and of your everyday people that we simply walk by. On the 1st year I was given a project of Consent and None Consent, surprisingly I enjoyed the consent far more than none consent. Interacting with people, hearing their stories … it is a nice feeling.

    Keep up the good work, I look forward to seeing the complete set and hearing about your stories with them. Good luck

  15. This is trully inspiring and totally support ur project 🙂 Wish you best of luck with this! quite an interesting concept and a cool way to meet new people … I am passionate about photography and have not tried to take portraits before as im experimenting other areas for now but would definitely keep in mind and ur project would be an inspiration to do so! 🙂 cheers!

  16. Karen

    Great set of images so far! I’ve just returned to South African after living in the UK for 15 years!! Gotten stuck in a rut and now I have been inspired to create again after seeing this project. So thank-you! 🙂

  17. TK

    Very cool, David. You’ve captured some great portraits so far. I’m looking to give this type of project a go as well. Do you have each person sign a model release each time? Or are you just asking for permission to take the photo and share online? What are the laws around this type of thing?

    Cheers!

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