Free Hugs

Free Hugs

I took this photo on Valentine’s Day when I was walking around for a few minutes looking for a picture opportunity. I saw these guys offering free hugs to anyone who walked past, and at first I thought it might be some kind of promotion for a fraternity or club, but I think it really was just some people trying to spread the love on this particular day. People seemed to be genuinely happy as they walked past and were offered a hug from these dudes, and I thought it was a really fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
On a side note, one of the things with which I often struggle is street-style photography. That is, going around and taking pictures of random passers-by whom I do not know. I feel weird doing it, even though most people being photographed really don’t mind. When I saw these guys I figured if they can go around hugging total strangers, I might as well try to get over my trepidation of merely photographing total strangers.

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