Triptychs of Strangers is a continuing street photography series by Adde Adesokan, where the goal is to “meet total strangers – get to know them – take three personality matching body shots – make them one in a classical format called triptych. [Read more...]

He has met 31 individuals so far and each comes along with a story about how they met and what they do. His intention is to extend the classic portrait. It’s an impression of the individual and the situation the pictures were taken in. They make it easier to imagine them, their life or their personality, even their story. All encounter took place in cities such as Hamburg, Paris, London, Berlin, Hongkong, Sapa, Ho Chi Minh City and Istanbul.

“This project is definitely about people and their stories. The idea came up after getting bored of shooting classic headshot portrait for a few weeks. I saw a horizontal triptych at an art gallery and a few days later the idea of portraying strangers in vertical triptychs was born. I wanted to get to know as much as possible about them. And by starting write-ups I wanted to give them a few minutes of fame, as Warhol said”

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#1 The Islander, Hamburg

Triptychs of Strangers #1: The Islander - Hamburg

… He is my first. Don’t know much about him – just his name is Holger and he lives on Sylt, an island in the Baltic Sea. I spend most of the time explaining my idea without a sample, that was difficult enough …

#21 The Appreciative Rough Sleeper, London

Triptychs of Strangers #21, The Appreciative Rough Sleeper - London

… Markus told me about his four poisons: Gambling, alcohol and cocaine. Things went down the drain during a six months stay in Las Vegas. “I used up a couple of chances in my life. And to make things even worse I ended up in Vegas. As far as you may have counted, these were only three. He laughed and added women: “But apart from the other stuff women really keep me alive …

#24 The Constant Friend, Berlin

Triptychs of Strangers #24: The Constant Friend - Berlin

… Basti did a lot during the last years – not only job related? But there has been a constant in his life through all these years. A dog he took 10 years ago from a spanish animal shelter. Named simply after what the dog is to him: Amigo …

#5 The Way too honest parisian, Paris

Triptychs of Strangers #5: The way too honest Parisian, Montmartre - Paris

#31 The contracted Bricklayer, Istanbul

Triptychs of Strangers #31: The contracted Bricklayer, Balat - Istanbul

… 60% of buildings in Istanbul are dilapidated. So being in construction like Sakir means there is a shitload of work to for probably the next 2-3 decades. But this guarantee of permanent work put him into the position to live in Istanbul in a shared apartment with ten colleagues. While his wife and six children still live about 1200km away in a town called Erzürum …

#4 The Couple I, Paris

Triptychs of Strangers #4: The Couple I, Montmarte - Paris

#13 The Couple II, Hamburg

Triptychs of Strangers #13, The Couple II - Hamburg

#23 The Kharise Francis herself, London

Triptychs of Strangers #23, The Kharise Francis herself - London

… Meet Kharise Francis who is an up and coming artist ready to blow the fashion world away with her brand titled after noone else but: Damn right – Kharise Francis. A name that sounds everything but ordinary, maybe sophisticated, but ordinary(?): not so much. Sophisticated like the style of womenswear I recognized that sunday at her “stall” at Old Spitalfields market! Add original, eclectic, feminine, chic and preppy your are right at it …

#19 The Sunday Faced Cupholder

Triptychs of Strangers #19, The Sunday Faced Cupholder - London

#26 The Fingercounting Violonist, Hamburg

Triptychs of Strangers #26, The Fingercounting Violonist - Hamburg

… Meet, Peterica. He is 61 years old and originally from Bukarest, Romania. 2 years ago he came to Hamburg with his 1 wife and his 4 younger kids in the hope of finding a better life. He is and has always been an musician, he started playing violin at the age of 6, which makes 55 years in total. He has also given classes for 40 years in his hometown …

#2 The Legstretcher, Paris

Triptychs of Strangers #2: The Leg-Stretcher, Paris

… Ed is happily married to a chinese woman (therefore obviously straight) and proud father of a child “that is supposed to be so huge, according to all the stuff that needs to be filled in that mouth” …

#25 The Graffitect, Berlin

Triptychs of Strangers #25, The Graffitect - Berlin

… Georg is a great example that graffiti artists actually love architecture. He likes the works of Ando orZaha Hadid-Deren, Frank Gehry, Frank l. Wright or Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It seems like he is going to be one of them – he is a student of architecture. Can’t wait to see his works in a few years … Who else could he be than “The Graffitect” …

#30 The Blue Inked Red Dzao, Taphin Village – Vietnam

Triptychs of Strangers #30: The Blue Inked Red Dzao, Taphin Village - Sapa

… “I bet she has been inking cloth a couple of days ago. You must know they use indigo plants to give their clothes this deep dark blue. Without any precautions made you can expect your fingers to be blue for a coupe of days.” …

#11 The Hungry Typograph, Hamburg

Triptychs of Strangers #11, The Hungry Typograph - Hamburg

#18 The Revolutionary Bodyguard, London

Triptychs of Strangers #18, The Revolutionary Security Guard - London

… Arrola has strong opinions about certain aspects in life and claims to have a revolutionary mind. In his leisure time he loves to read philosophy (favorite author is Paulo Freire). His favorite quote: None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe …

#14 The Grieving Sailor, Hamburg

Triptychs of Strangers #14: The Grieving Sailor - Schanze, Hamburg

#20 The Analog Lover, London

Triptychs of Strangers #20, The Analog Lover - London

Meet the Stranger #20 with the melodic name Kim Tae Hwan. He is 35 years old and maybe our first real celebrity – he is a fashion/editorial photographer mostly working for Elle, Dazed and Confused or Cosmopolitan. But I also enjoyed his efforts in street and beauty.

See all 31 triptychs, including their full stories