My friend, Colleen, put me onto this. There have been countless times on the train or walking down the street when I've wanted to ask a total stranger to let me take his or her photo. I've almost always chickened out or listened to others who wanted me to chicken out. Turns out there's a whole group of people who do this - members of the 100 Strangers project. So here goes. It's a great chance to get acquainted with new people and also have fun shooting a photo, as professional or snap-shotty as I please or circumstances allow.
Sam has the dubious honor of being the first stranger exhibited in my 100 Strangers Project. A native of Yemen, Sam has lived in New York for ten years. He owns and runs a bodega on 143rd and Frederick Douglas, called 143 & Express. If you're in the neighborhood, stop in and say hi.