Picture Book of “100 Strangers” Unveils a Journey to Savour and Remember

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Author-photographer encourages budding or experienced photographers to step out of their comfort zone to a new level of portrait photography.

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VICTORIA, Australia – (May 15, 2012) – Some of the best lessons in life are taught by those whom people don’t know at all. It doesn’t matter how short an encounter may be—that single fleeting moment with a complete stranger is enough to change one’s life in a way he or she never could have ever imagined. Author Tim Commons knows firsthand how strangers can touch lives. When he undertook an extraordinary challenge and took the portraits of “100 Strangers”, his life was never the same.

The idea behind this picture book stems from The 100 Strangers Project, a learning group for people who want to improve the social and technical skills needed for taking portraits of at least 100 people they don’t know and telling their stories. It promotes a method of learning by doing. Aside from being fun and improving photojournalist skills, it expands one’s everyday living experience and gains him a couple of new friends along the way.

“During the 100 Strangers Project, which for me took over six months to complete, I went from a novice, sporting a compact camera, to a semi-professional, sporting some of the world’s most sophisticated camera gear. The photos presented in this book are a testament to this growth,” shares Commons.

In taking pictures of “100 Strangers”, he tries to tell a small story with each photo he has taken. It could be a story about the person or how he felt about approaching that particular individual. It could also be about new approaches he incorporated or new photographic techniques he used. For the author, people and their stories make life more than just a ride—they make it a journey worth savouring and remembering. Thus, he always tries to learn from every encounter he makes with strangers and encourages others to do the same.

For more information on this book, interested parties can log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.au.

About the Author
Tim Commons is a graphic designer and photographer from Australia. Upon leaving high school at the age of 18, he enlisted and served six years in the the Royal Australian Navy. Then came a period of seven years with IBM Australia as an Analyst/Programmer. When he went back to school at 37, and started to learn art and design, he felt like he was seeing the world through new eyes and it fed his soul. Flickr® makes him happy because he can share a passion for life with like minds and spirits.

Today, Commons is following his passion for art and design and more specifically Street, Fashion, Portrait & Event photography. He never leaves home without a camera in hand and wouldn’t have it any other way.

100 STRANGERS * by Tim Commons
Publication Date: March 17, 2012
Picture Book; $64.99; 232 pages; 978-1-4653-9641-9
Picture Book Hardcover; $84.99; 232 pages; 978-1-4653-9642-6

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at 1-800-618-969. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (02) 8282-5055 or call 1-800-618-969.

Xlibris books can be purchased at Xlibris bookstore. For more information, contact Xlibris at 1-800-618-969 or on the web at http://www.Xlibris.com.au.

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