Strangers and their Fears

In December, I’m doing something that scares me every day. For the first day, I revisited something that scared me during my October challenge, which was to take ten photos a day with my newly acquired DSLR in an effort to learn how to use it. Hung had given me daily homework for October, one of which was to take a photo of a stranger with his or her permission. It gave me such anxiety that I thought it was a good one to revisit for my fear project. Thomas and Kim joined me for coffee and moral support, and I nervously asked five people to let me take their photos with their fears.


“I’m scared of people seeing my handwriting.”


His wife: “Risk makes you smile?”


“Do you have a black marker? Because we’re talking about fears here.”


She was the first person I asked and her answer made us wince and clutch our hearts.


“I like your bubble lettering.”
“Thank you, I’m trying to make it look as cute as possible.”

I ran out of paper but I love this set so much I decided to keep this series up in tandem to whatever else I’m doing for my daily dose of fear-facing. (Today’s is to sit through a scary movie without closing my eyes or ears. I don’t even know if I’m capable but I’m going to try.)

  • http://olivesroom.com/ Jodi Henderson

    Great photos and I love the idea!

    • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

      Thank you!

  • Vishy

    Beautiful photos and a wonderful idea, Linda! My favourite is the one on ‘Unexpected Loss’. Your comment on the ‘Commitment’ picture made me smile :) I loved the fact that the ‘Risk’ person smiled. And the ‘Corporate America’ guy looks cool. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://youfancymemad.com/ B.

    I love this idea and I love the photos!

    • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

      Thanks, B.!

  • http://www.ginamarierose.com/ Gina

    Such a cool idea! Looks like you’re really getting the hang of your new camera. Makes me want to get a fancy camera too!

    • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

      It’s so much fun to learn! If photography is an interest, I highly recommend!

  • Ashley J

    The first and last guy…I agree completely!!

  • lisasyarns

    Wow, this is so cool! What a great idea and a cool project. Unexpected loss is one that hits home with me. It doesn’t overwhelm me, but it’s something I think about – especially when others in my life have lost parents or other loved ones…

  • http://www.stephanywrites.com/ Stephany

    Oh. “Unexpected loss.” That one scares me daily. That photo really struck me.

    I love this project! I hope you keep it up and post here, pretty please. :)

  • http://aloveaffairwithpaper.com/ Danielle

    Beautiful project Linda! You amaze me

  • Rose

    Linda, I love this SO much. Words cannot even describe how moving this is.