These photos are part of the series by street photographer Danny Santos titled “Portraits of Strangers”. His words are the best way of understanding the essence of his project:
“When I’m out on the streets, I often encounter faces that make me look twice; faces that stand out in the crowd without trying; faces that are out of the ordinary. They range from the exquisitely beautiful to the strangely wonderful. I started to approach these strangers for permission to take a photo of them. Some said no, but most said yes. After taking their portrait, I’d say ‘thank you’ and walk on along. I didn’t ask for their names, or where they came from, or what they do, because I wanted the viewers to see them how I saw them: as beautiful strangers”
We are used to seeing street style photos focused on fashion. Sometimes the clothes are not the important thing of the picture, it’s the allure of the person, the aura of the individual what catches our eye. But most of the times, their name is stated, their location, the labels of the clothes they are wearing… Their anonymity is lost somehow.
In 2008, Danny Santos began these portraits of ordinary people, and at the same time special, in Singapore, concretely at Orchard Road. The images could be meaningless, but they have something unique and fascinating in them. The only information Danny gives about the subjects is a number, which means little. Just what we get to know about those people that stand out in a crowd on the street, or waiting in a crossroad, at the supermarket, on the subway… Nothing.