“365 Parisiens” by Constantin Mashinskiy

A 365 Project is always a good idea, but in this case it was an incredible, outstanding idea: Constantin Mashinskiy took a street portrait of a parisian stranger every day, for 365 days, with a brief description of every person. The result is great: you can feel this strangers close to you, in some way, and you feel to know them a little. Through this photos you can breath humanity, you can feel how interesting are strangers around us. This is what Constantin says about his 365 Parisiens: “When you take a walk in Paris, most of the time you’re surrounded by people. Some of them have appearances that look familiar, but they’re all strangers. You will never know where are they going, where they work, what they think. Observing people has long been one of my passions; photography another. To combine them, I decided to take one street portrait, each day, of a random Parisian stranger until I reached 365 pictures. Asking a stranger for a picture can give quite unpredictable results. But I found that one thing was consistent—people show their real feelings when posing for the camera of a stranger. Whether they get embarrassed or serious or laugh, it feels like they give off a real (if small) expression of who they are”.

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#137 — He was singing about weather

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#016 — He was going to a date

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#021 — He was drinking a coffee under the rain

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#122 — She was shooting candid photography

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#216 — He was polite and friendly

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#351 — Once he met a woman, and since then he draws her portrait everyday

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#363 — I bet he has many interesting stories to tell

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#365 — She smiled when I approached

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