Alexandra is the ninth “stranger” I have photographed. Our little session took place a couple of weeks ago while I was waiting for my bus to go meet a friend. I was waiting for my bus when I saw her sitting on a bench. I immediately knew that I wanted to take her picture, but I was nervous. I was by myself with no one to encourage me but my own inner voice, and we were in a crowded bus station. I first considered the safety aspect of it(I have had two cameras stolen in the past) and then the comfort level for her – I probably wouldn’t want to have my photograph taken in a public place full of people I didn’t know. But I knew I would regret it if I didn’t at least ask. So after quite a few moments of walking around building up courage, I approached her. I said, in Portuguese, “Hi, how are you? I just wanted to tell you that you have beautiful eyes! I’m a photographer, and I’m doing a personal project of photographing people I don’t know. I noticed you and I would like to take your photo, if you want!” At first she was taken aback – I think she was pleased about it but also very shy about having her photo taken. She hmmed and hawed about it for a while. I kept telling her she didn’t have to, there was no pressure, but in the end she agreed. Three quick snaps and we were done. I am so glad I did it, because I absolutely love the photo. For being nervous she did a great job of looking confident and relaxed. I felt empowered afterwards and proud of myself for stepping outside of my comfort zone. I am loving this project! I can’t wait for the next stranger!