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stranger 01 and stranger 02 by NikolasBrummer stranger 01 and stranger 02 by NikolasBrummer
stranger 01 & stranger 02; store for art-supplies, Düsseldorf (Germany), 16th of July, 2012

as I got inside, I immediately felt the difference between the cold, rainy weather and the warm and welcoming atmosphere that subsisted in these rooms. pens, pencils, brushes, pads, paint, spread all over the room and right there, between shelves over shelves, they stood. one of them I had seen before. it was back in spring, and that day had been quite warm. I still remember as I got onto the train, I noticed them. eventually, the memory ended up in a short-story. nothing much, maybe a page of writing, but this person stayed in my head and heart for all this time. so there I was. within a few seconds, I had made the decision; they would become the beginning of a new project that I had planned to do forever, and they seemed to be perfect for it. in the end, they turned out to be. I wish to see them again one day. we all always fancy other cities with other people, other countries with another culture, but it seems to me that we fail to realize the beauty we have within our own surroundings.
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MarkoPou Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Schon eigenartig die beiden zu kennen und zufällig auf deviantArt zu finden. hat was beunruhigendes irgendwie. :D
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FuriManiac Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Hi! I was wondering if i could use your set of strangers for oil practice. Ill appreciate it. :)
(By the way, if i post the paintings on the internet ill put the link of the photos) ;)
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Heathermargaret Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay so I am officially obsessed with your whole Strangers project. I'm pretty sure I just looked at all these pictures like 100 times, and I'm still fascinated by each and every one of them. It makes me want to become one of these strangers too! haha
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NikolasBrummer Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
ahaha, maybe one day! I am glad you appreciate it.
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espressobsessrepress Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Artist
So good. So So So good. You're starting to make me a bit sick. Like i need to unzip your head and live behind your eyes for a while. This straight forward portraiture is every bit as fantastic as your complex creations. I've been meaning to work on a series of stranger portraits for a very long while now. Time to get off the sofa and shoot.
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NikolasBrummer Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
:heart: thank you dear. just do it, it will make you happy.
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Ion-Swan Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting...
Just a question that popped up in my head.Haven't you asked them their names?Or is there any specific reason why you prefer to name them "Stranger number..."???
Just curious:P
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:iconnikolasbrummer:
NikolasBrummer Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Oh, I like to say "stranger" ... because that is what they are, and I don't mean that in a mean way. It's just that I'd feel wrong writing their names down, even though I asked them (of course).
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Ion-Swan Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh,I totally see your point now.Right way of thinking:aww:
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waterangel17 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I am glad you are posting again :)
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tuliipiie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
my.. this is absolutely perfect.
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NikolasBrummer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
:heart:
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BeauCyphre Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Sehr geiles Projekt! Ich würd mich das wohl nie trauen, fremde Menschen anzusprechen - und dann so intime Porträts hinzukriegen, die diese Intensität haben, ist sowieso noch mal was ganz anderes.
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NikolasBrummer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
:glomp: Danke Beau, es freut mich wirklich, dass es dir gefällt!
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BeauCyphre Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Na ja, ich müsste wohl völlig bematscht sein, wenn mir sowas nicht gefallen würde, brother :D!
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Shortyou Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! I wish I was brave enough to ask strangers to take pictures of them...
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NikolasBrummer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Just try it. Trust me. Just do. If you keep on worrying about that it will be awkward, you'll never start. And I'm not saying this in the harsh way, I just wish that you can fulfill your dreams and wishes.
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Shortyou Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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Chungphantomhive Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
*bit not but
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Chungphantomhive Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
The boys cute ^.^ such a good shot, a but of their personality comes across immediately
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fictionalnostalgia Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
that boy is so beautiful.
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PadawanGirl Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
they both has such lovely expressive eyes.
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ZantMarx Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he is beautiful
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maarten1982 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Ill take the boy.
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DaraLC-artisty Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very awesome! Great job!
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BCrooks Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
bene!
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AzuraLura Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Die Bilder sind erstaunlich; mir ist noch immer nicht bewusst, welche Emotionen sie in mir wecken.
-Aber irgendetwas ist da, nur weiß ich nicht was, gerade da sie Schwarzweißaufnahmen sind.
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NikolasBrummer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Vielen Dank, vielleicht kommst du irgendwann drauf. Für mich persönlich sind es die Augen der beiden, die so unterschiedlich wirken, aber irgendwie sehr eindrucksvoll. Das hat mich beim ersten mal, als ich das Foto auf der Kamera gesehen habe, total fasziniert und tut es jetzt noch immer.
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AzuraLura Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gern geschehen. Mir ist bereits beim erstem Anschauen beider Bilder aufgefallen, wie stark die Emotionen beider Personen über ihre Augen verlaufen.
So ähnlich und doch so grundverschieden.
Zumdem empfinde ich es als recht mutig, Fremde einfach so um ein Foto zu bitten.
-Faszinierend, ja, das sind diese beiden Menschen und Momentaufnahemen wirklich.
Mach weiter so, du hast wirklich das Talent zum Fotografieren.
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MidnightMelodie Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
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Lolali Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Beautiful emotive portraits ! :)
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ContagiousPixie Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Nikolas... these are incredible... I can hardly believe it.
This might just be enough to finally motivate me to start
my 100 Strangers Project. Because honestly, I'm majorly
jealous... and it makes me want to prove I can do something
just as incredible as well.
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:iconnikolasbrummer:
NikolasBrummer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Oh Megan. On the one hand, I am extremely glad you like these photos because I value you and your opinion a lot. Secondly on the other hand, if I motivate you to do one, then do it. Nothing's wrong about that, trust me. You'll be so happy every time you ask a stranger to take a photo of them. Honestly. Thank you a lot, also. :heart:
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ContagiousPixie Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
It's sort of a relieving thing you still value my opinion,
since it seems you're growing and advancing much faster than
I am... so I worry constantly that soon my work will appear
uninspiring and extremely amateur to you. ^^; Haha, I know.
I just would have to travel into the city to meet anyone
interesting. Not only that, but the understandable fear that
everyone will be grumpy, unkind, and swat you away.
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NikolasBrummer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Oh Mega, they won't be grumpy. To expect that people are mean and evil didn't really change anything in the last decades except maybe world wars and racism ... okay, sorry, I am exaggerating. What I mean is, just try it out a few times, if it turns out good, continue, if not, then don't. That is actually up to you. But I wouldn't want you to worry as much.

And your work will always be inspiring and beautiful to me! :heart:
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ContagiousPixie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
The reason I worry is because I am so sensitive.
If I were to get really harsh people I would feel
so disheartened and it would bring me down, definitely
not the purpose of the project. I also know from my
experience, of having people look at me strangely
when taking photos in public (like when I went to
the greenhouse), looking at me like I'm some delinquent.
I also won't have a good friend like you to accompany me,
I'll be doing it all alone. Which isn't even exactly safe.
My city is known for homicides...

Thank-you Nikolas.:huggle:
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yourbigbrowneyes Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
stranger pictures are my favourite form of street art. lovely job nikko!

i see you growing with every passing set of photos! keep going!
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NikolasBrummer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
thank you a lot, dear, these words mean something to me.
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Hailann Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I REALLY love the second guy for some reason! He's got very nice and unique features.. and for some reason I love his hair, despite it's simplicity. Awesome shots here!
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NikolasBrummer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
I agree with you right there. His eyes are striking and they captivate you so much, it really fascinates me as well. Thank you, dear!
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Gorgone Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Coole Idee, sowas in der Art schwirrte auch vor Tagen in meinem Kopf herum. Wieso nicht einfach mal so Fremde fotographieren?
Ich mag das Ergebnis.
Weiter machen!
:heart:
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NikolasBrummer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Bei mir kam die Idee auch so urplötzlich, und jetzt bin ich mehr als zufrieden, dass ich es gemacht habe. :aww: Vielen Dank & werde ich! :heart:
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Gorgone Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Ich wünsche gutes Gelingen! ^^
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AnaisKalinin Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ich hätte gerne die Aufnahme in der Innenstadt (?) gesehen. Vor allem weil ich im Raum Ddorf groß geworden bin :)
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NikolasBrummer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Ja doch, du hast Recht, das ist Düsseldorf. :aww: Ich weiß nicht, erinnerst du dich an die Kunstakademie in der Altstadt? In der Nähe vom Rhein und der Tonhalle? Da wurden die Fotos gemacht.
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AnaisKalinin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So weit im Norden von der Altstadt? Interessant. Ich hätte auf einen Platz weiter südlicher getippt. Danke dir für die Info :)
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NikolasBrummer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Naja, im Endeffekt kann man sich schwer festlegen, man sieht ja eh nicht viel. :)
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Schildkroete2011 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Da bleibt nur eins was ich sagen kann:
Wow.
Wirklich, ich finde die Portraits sehr schön,
sie haben Tiefgang, gerade weil sie schwarzweiß
aufgenommen sind.
Außerdem sind die Personen an sich natürlich
interessant.
Gutes Konzept!
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NikolasBrummer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Vielen Vielen Dank, das bedeutet mir viel, dass du das so sagst. Und ja, ich kann nur zustimmen; beide sind wunderschöne Menschen und die paar Minuten, die ich mit ihnen geredet habe, sind unvergesslich.
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Schildkroete2011 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ich kann dich nur beneiden,
solche Momente gibt es nicht oft.
Und man wird sie nie bereuen.
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