One of the projects I've always wanted to do was to photograph folks who are listening to music, or plugged into some type of audio while out and about. Since the ipod came out, I don't think I've ever seen more people walking around with earphones on. It's crazy! I dare you to count the next time you're out, especially if you ride public transportation.
To do this project, this requires me to talk to strangers. HUH? I have to talk to people? People I don't know? Yes, it requires me to invite myself into their world in hopes they won't bop me on the head or go ballistic on me if I ask to stop to ask them some questions about what they're listening to and to take their photograph. I'm usually OK talking to someone I don't know if I'm asking for directions, but this is different. In my quest to get over my fear and actually do this project that's been shelved for oh, maybe 5 years or so, I decided to bite the gun and give it a go this weekend.
After my first "I can't, I'm in a rush to get to xyz" and not letting the rejection totally kill my goal, I was able to grab a woman named Sara's attention. Yay!
Listening to: Esther Hicks, a San Francisco seminar
When I stopped her to ask what she was listening to (I thought music), she said she was listening to an audio (speaking) track. I thought "What? Ooooh, audio. Huh. I didn't think about audio." She said she was listening to inspirational speaker Esther Hicks. She had attended the seminar in person and was listening to the seminar again while she was out. She said that she found herself listening to more audio/speaking tracks instead of music. The speaking tracks help her keep her focused and positive. Awesome!
She had a great personality and was easy to talk to. We chatted about self-improvement stuff and things we've dealt with and the power of letting things go. I told her how funny it was that the first person that stops to talk to me is tuning into self-improvement, self-growth work which is what I've been doing the last several months and she said that we attract what we are.
I asked her what the Esther Hicks track made her think about, what mood did it put her in. She said, "I was listening to it because I wanted to manage my anxiety and to get in a place where I could find better feeling thoughts. Life is supposed to be a mantra." I love it.
First person down, many more to go! I can just imagine the folks I'll meet along the way by doing this project. See, you find out a lot about a person by what they're listening to.