Sangria in the Park is a series that was created upon my move to France. Upon arrival, I noticed Parisians had an affinity for drinking wine and picnicking outdoors. Limited by my lack of French, and my connections in the city, alcohol was used as a catalyst for conversation, and a way to get strangers to allow me take their photos. This series uses photography to capture the process of human connection, with the intent of stripping away at the confidence or awkwardness that we present on the outside. The photographs in this body of work focuses on showing the breaking of our “superficial selves”, or the persona we choose to represent ourselves to strangers, and attempt to capture someone’s true self, or as close as possible within an hour of meeting someone new.