Photographer Adam Rabinowitz’s Tiger Suit project is like Humans of New York crossed with Tigger from Winnie the Poo. Like HONY’s Brandon Stanton, Rabinowitz photographs strangers on the street and jots down interesting blurbs from their conversation. There’s one big difference in the projects, though: Rabinowitz’s subjects must agree to put on his tiger suit.
Rabinowitz says that the goal is to add a bit of joy to the subject’s day:
My goal is to have as many people wearing the tiger suit. The simple reason for that is that the person who wears the suit tends to be slightly happier than a minute before he put his feet in it. If it makes them slightly happier it definitely makes me happier. Besides all that, I get to meet some incredible people who choose to wear the suit.
Rabinowitz is a 28-year-old photography student who, after looking at his pair of tiger pajamas, wondered if he could get people on the street to put it on and pose for pictures. After a number of successful shots, the project began to take shape.
Tens of portraits have been captured so far. Although the tiger suit is a great equalizer when it comes to attire, the subjects’ personalities are captured in the poses and actions they do (they’re free to do anything they wish):
You can follow along with the project through its official Facebook page.
Image credits: Photographs by Adam Rabinowitz and used with permission