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52 Strangers Project | Strangers #11 & 12 | Oakland Lifestyle Photographer

Mar 15, 2021

Woman with dog

If you’ve been following along, you know that meeting and talking to strangers is not something that comes naturally to me. In fact, the thought of approaching a stranger and asking to photograph them used to be something that I couldn’t do. Just the idea would cause my stomach to be in knots and start my heart racing.

So when I came across the 52 Strangers Project, I knew it wasn’t something that I wanted to do; it was something I needed to do. And guess what? It’s getting easier. Don’t get me wrong. I still get butterflies, and often I will walk past someone a couple of times before I get the nerve up to approach them, but I’m getting there.

Strangers #11 & #12

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I met Strangers #10 & 11 during a stroll through the UC Berkeley campus recently. I don’t know about you, but one of the things that I have enjoyed about the past year is being outside. Growing up, I lived in the country, and if I wasn’t in school, I was outside. On weekends I’d leave my house in the morning and often wouldn’t go home until dark. My friend and I were always on the go. First on our bikes, sometimes on a horse, then on ATV’s and eventually we were old enough to drive. I loved being outdoors as a kid, and that hasn’t changed.

Most weekends, you’ll find me with my husband hiking the hills, biking around the bay, or wandering the city. But, as I said, this particular day, we were walking around campus. It was a beautiful day, and we weren’t the only ones out enjoying the day.

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Katherine and her partner Aaron were out enjoying the day with their dog, Kraus, a beautiful Miniature Schnauzer. True to the breed, I learned that Kraus was a digger. I once had a Mini Schnauzer, and I swear I thought he would dig a tunnel under our house!

Katherine and Aaron both graduated from Cal. Even though they live in Oakland, they often visit campus on weekends with Kraus.

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After playing with Kraus for a few minutes, we were off on our walk.

Thanks, Katherine and Aaron, for chatting and letting me visit with Kraus.

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