Jenny is Owen’s (Stranger #38) wife. They were walking along The Mall together, on their way to the Science Museum to see a photographic exhibition. Owen asked me to guess Jenny’s occupation. From her dress, it suggested she was in a chic profession so I said something to do with fashion? Not quite – she works in the theatre making hats for costumes. Both Jenny and Owen were lovely to talk to, thanks for spending the time.
After my success with Stranger #37, I walked a little further back towards Admiralty Arch. On the way I encountered Owen and his wife Jenny (Stranger #39). They both stood out as being characters in the way they were dressed and were happily chatting to each other. I explained that I would like to take their portraits and they readily agreed. Owen is a photographic technician at a local college, which means he sets up studio equipment for the students or advises them how to use their cameras, amongst other duties. I made quite a few pictures of him as he was talking, but this was the first – and the best – when he quite spontaneously pointed at his mug with those great red gloves! Thanks for participating, Owen.
Even though I had met my photo course challenge (to make at least 3 portraits of strangers in 10 minutes) with Strangers #33, #34, #35 and #36, I felt I was on a roll and decided to have a go at a few more. I spotted Leonard from across the road, as his bright orange coat stood out from the pale buildings behind him. I also noticed a large Canon camera around his neck, so thought he might be receptive to my approach as he was a photographer himself. He agreed and we chatted about his camera for a while. He’s from Chile and visiting London for the second time. Even though the weather wasn’t very good, he was making the most of it and had just come from taking pictures at Buckingham Palace. He wanted to head for Trafalgar Square next. Thanks for taking the time to chat, Leonard, it was lovely to meet you.
Marie was my second stranger of the day, enjoying a stroll along The Mall with her two sons and husband. I managed to have a quick chat and photograph the whole family in just a few minutes. She was visiting her son Rory (Stranger #33) who now lives in London from Ireland. They were making the most of their trip, despite the weather. Thanks for agreeing to have your portrait taken, Marie.