It isn’t easy talking to strangers.

There is no comfort, no broken-in repartee. There is no past with a stranger, and most likely no future. Only an awkward, reaching now.

They don’t know your history, your baggage, your idiosyncrasies. You’re able to create a temporary self, or simply be the person you are.

It can make for an interesting conversation. Especially if there is booze involved.

Some of the most memorable conversations I’ve had in recent years have been with people I don’t know, and it has often been while I’m traveling by myself. I’m alone in an unfamiliar place, hyper-aware of my circumstances and feeling exposed. I think people sense that. And they respond. They invite me to join them in their conversation, offer to buy me a drink. And, perhaps, because I’m vulnerable, they are more open.

I love those connections. They may not last, but they are real. This project is about them.

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Written by Phillip McCluskey
Filmed and Edited by Richard Boehmcke
Shot on a Canon 60D
Music: In the Moment of Inspiration by PinkZebra

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