Inspired by "Humans of New York", film maker Garry Bowden started Souls of San Francisco about 2 years ago. The project sounds pretty simple, photographing people in the streets and get them to share a story about themselves. It turns out it is much easier said than done. Garry has a nick for it though, he started out approaching people and telling them all about the project, which took time first of all but also biased the relationship. People are used to being asked for stuff in the streets and also used to ignoring those who do, it made the job of collecting "street stories" a little harder. Garry found another good way to do this, he will compliment someone t get their attention and then build from there. It's dead simple but people a more inclined to talk when they feel at ease, shocking right? The fact that a compliment is the first spark to their attention being taken, it sets out for a much more relaxed exchange. As Garry Bowden puts it, it's an exchange of energy between him and the person. It's sometimes hard to do because you get raw stories are not always easy to cope with. While street photography is getting bigger, Souls of San Francisco is a refreshing look into the city and it's people, they sort of have a voice now.
Garry came out with two books so far, the last one came out very recently, he is planning on about 5 before moving on to something else. He does everything himself, from taking the pictures to selling the books. I can relate to that and it takes a lot to do so, dedication on another level.
If you want to learn more about this awesome project, head here soulsofsf.com
Produced, shot and edited by Alexander Millimeter
Music by Prelow " Simple song"