Since I decided to publish to The People of Detroit daily, I've been especially motivated to get out everyday and make new portraits. Which reminds me.
Never approach a stranger and ask if you can "make their portrait." Though the term is well understood among photographer auteurs who want to emphasize that they are not merely "taking" a picture - not merely clicking the shutter - but that they are thoughtfully blending different ingredients to "make" a photo, the general public has no ideal what you mean.
I explained my project and asked Charli (sp?) if I could make her portrait, and she quickly responded that she was on her way to work and didn't have time for me to draw a picture of her.
I apologized for using photographerese and explained that I wanted to take her picture with a camera.
After "making" a few frames, I told Charli that I usually include a caption with my images that usually explains the subject's occupation, interests, or role within the community.
"Oh. Ok, I'm the owner of the Vine Bar."
The name of the bar didn't ring any bells with me. But, I'm not exactly a social butterfly so I decided to ask a couple of friends if they knew where the Vine Bar was?
So, I went home and googled it.
Finally, I was a lil restless around 11:30 p.m. I decided to play a hunch...
I thought maybe I misheard her and that she had infact said "Wine Bar" The only wine bar I know of downtown is Enoteca on the corner of Woodward and Cadillac Square.
I got my bike out and played my hunch. Sure enough, there was a side walk sign in front of what used to be Enoteca:
Got damn, I'm smart.
So there you have it. This is Charli and she owns the the Vine Bar.