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Alissa, the music fan
Due to a recent job change and some other intrusions from my personal life, I haven’t been able to spend much time lately making street portraits. Now that things have settled down a bit, I’m back wandering the streets with my camera. I saw Alissa sitting outside reading a book on the Downtown Mall, and I was impressed by her concentration — plenty of people were out enjoying the glorious late summer/early fall weather, which would have been enough to have kept me far too distracted to be reading a serious work of literature. I approached Alissa and asked for a portrait, and she was quite receptive to the idea. “I love projects!” she said, and I heartily agreed.
It turns out that Alissa doesn’t live in Charlottesvile, but she said that there is such an incredible music scene here that she frequently comes over from Virginia Beach, where she is a student at Regent University, to take in a show. She’s studying Spanish and Education, and she is planning on transferring back to Virginia Tech within the next couple of semesters. I have no doubt that she’ll be a great teacher, since she has an easy manner and is clearly a warm and friendly person. She was a good model, too!
Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, VA