100 Strangers : Stranger No. 3

Stranger No. 3

Here comes my stranger no. 3. His name is Lito (hopefully I heard it correctly). He is food server at the hidden garden in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. He lives at Vigan and he loves his job.


When I saw him first, he came to take the order with the usual menu card (which was pretty heavy .. may be heavier than the actual food) with lots of Ilocano food varieties. He is a guy with good physic and in Tagalog they call it “Pogi” (handsome) and friendly too. After asking about his name I asked him immediately (You know .. you should not let go the chance) if I can take a photo of him; without saying a word he posed for me right away.

I choose Longganisa and Halo Halo for breakfast as I was not too hungry and 7 am is too early for me for breakfast (I end up eating a lot actually). Now here is the funny part – I was staying in Philippines close to an year and strangely that is the first time I tried Halo Halo. It’s a very popular dessert in Philippines with the mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans, jelly, corn and fruits, and served in a tall glass or bowl.

Halo Halo

Another interesting fact about “Halo Halo” is in Tagalog (Filipino local language) and if you translate in English it is “Mix Mix” – Isn’t this funny ? I just loved the name (both version) and the taste of the dessert. Don’t miss it if you are in Philippines.


100 Strangers : Stranger No. 2

Stranger No. 2

My Stranger no. 2 is Paaney. She is from Manila and she was selling fruits in the open market of Quiapo. When I asked her for a photo, she agreed immediately. I took this photo, while walking inside the market and looking for my next stranger.

100 Strangers Project Damn! This is getting tough day by day. I used my newly purchased Tokina 11-16mm for this photo. Yes I know this might not be the right lens for the portrait photography but I have 1 camera body only and sometimes it’s pretty difficult to change the lens in the middle of the open market. I liked the framing of this photo. Hope you will like it too.

The Bright Side

This photo is basically almost 2 years old. I was located in Bangalore at that time.

The Bright Side

In the March 2012, I visited a village near by Mysore, which is 3-4 hours drive from Bangalore city. I was so thirsty and somehow lost my water bottle. I went to small tea shop nearby and this guy helped me with some cold & fresh coconut water, well that’s a relief. I had an wonderful conversation with him. After few minutes I requested a picture of him, he has agreed but he was shy.

While taking his snap he covered his side face with bare hand. Its  He was laughing and so am I. Technicality apart, the photo has good amount of noise. But the expression of the guy is very natural. He might be poor but he has a beautiful bright side. He is a hard working person, running a small shop all day long to feed his family. The photo has been taken using my kit Nikon 18-55 AFS VR, F/5.6 at the focal length of 55mm.

God Bless him.