I had a really hard time with this assignment. I found myself feeling very awkward and not confident enough to approach strangers in the community. However, with that I do believe it’s always good to push yourself out of your comfort zone. I also didn’t know how to ask the people in my photos to pose or smile because I didn’t want to make them any more uncomfortable than I already was. For the most part, people were nice and said yes but there was about two-or-three who pretended to not hear me or just avoid me, so that was weird.
Overall, it was a pretty solid and productive assignment that I feel like I learned a lot from. I also think it will help me as I go forward with new assignments.
Nadine Musekuu, 23, stops to take a photo at the downtown Bellingham, Wash. bus station before heading home to finish packing. “We just did some last minute shopping and I’m just really excited to go on our trip,” she said. (Photo by Juan Mendoza)