For Instants

The Present Company Project: A Stranger. A Polaroid. A Question.

Calling all Polaroid lovers – this one’s for YOU! We’re opening this project up to submissions, so grab your camera, get outside and make a new friend.

I started the The Present Company Project as a challenge to myself – I wanted to have a genuine interaction with someone I might otherwise never know. I wanted to stop fitting people into my world, but rather see them as they are. I thought if I could connect with others on this level it might make me a better artist, and more so, a better person. It started when I met Tyrone, just having my mind blown by a complete stranger, and grew from there.

So I’ve started carrying a Polaroid camera with me everywhere. When I see someone I’d like to know, I walk up to them and ask if I can take their photo. If they say yes, I ask: If you could ask a perfect stranger anything in the world, what would it be? or What is one thing you’d like people to know about you? I usually blush and get a bit awkward, but it’s been a pretty rad ride and I’m not sure how I’m going to decide when it’s time to call it quits.

I’d love to start a kind of mini-movement around this – creating and realizing connections between “others” and ourselves. And that’s where YOU come in. Next time you’re oot and aboot and see someone you find intriguing, ask if you can take their photo. I think you’ll be surprised by what happens next. Then send your stories/photos here. Our favorites will be featured in the next edition of Hello Giggles’ For Instants and will be in the running to be published in The Present Company Project book!

And – as if that’s not enough – STAY TUNED for an amazing giveaway later this month (hint: it involves a UKULELE.) Until then…I can’t wait to meet your strangers. Happy shooting!

“There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story.” – Mary Lou Kownacki

For full submission guidelines, please visit here.

All photos © Amber Mahoney.

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