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.
I enjoyed the outing to Portobello Market on a photoshoot with the London Flickr Meetups group today. Shayna was one of the other people who came along – I had not met her before but we enjoyed chatting from time to time during our walkabout. She is an American, hailing from New York, who moved to London 25 years ago to run a shop in Portobello Road. She is now an Attitude Adjuster. What a fantastic job description! Thanks for your company Shayna, it was great to meet you.
It’s been ages since I last took any stranger photos – my previous was Patrick back in August. I’ve been thinking I needed to get back into the swing of things, so when I was out with friends today shooting some street photography, I vowed to progress the project again. The event we were at was celebrating the switching on of the Christmas Lights in Chelmsford town centre. There were various attractions and groups performing all afternoon. Lucia was with a team of Ceroc dancers who were strutting their stuff in the High Street. She came and sat on a bench next to me to catch her breath after a particularly vigorous dance. We got chatting. She’s been going to ceroc classes for about 4 years and was very enthusiastic and passionate about it. She says it’s a great way to socialise and meet new friends. She is also a big fan of purple, so we had something in common! Her daughter is a budding photographer too; Lucia says she has a very good eye for a picture, so I pointed her towards Flickr to share her work. Thanks Lucia for being so friendly and for sitting for me this afternoon.
I was wandering around Heybridge Basin this evening before meeting some friends for a photoshoot. There were quite a number of foreign yachts moored up, a bit unusual for the area. I met At as he was sitting on his boat enjoying a beer in the evening sunshine. We got chatting. He’s a Dutchman who sailed over from Hoek van Holland to Harwich with his friend three weeks ago. The voyage took about 17 hours overnight, the sea was very rough and they had to cross busy shipping lanes. It was a bit scary, but At was glad that it took less time than he had imagined. His wife and daughter had joined him later (presumably arriving the sensible way by ferry!). They were staying for another week and then heading home across the Channel once more. They very graciously offered me a drink, and I was sad that I had to decline as I was going to be late for meeting my friends. Thanks for telling me your story, At – and I wish you a safe journey home!
Chris was camo’d up to represent a Viet Nam veteran with the 3rd Force Recon Company USMC. He’s been re-enacting since 1986 and is now a Corporal. While we were chatting, his friend came over and proposed to me! It turns out he just wanted me for my camera though… so I had to gracefully decline.
Rhian was the daughter of Stranger # 15 – Lynne and her uniform was new as well. She was apparently a Russian Militia Captain – the “only cop in the village”. I thought she looked very smart in it. Her red hair certainly matched the braid and badges! Thanks for having your picture taken, Rhian.
Lynne was another character I met at the War And Peace show. Her husband is a re-enactor representing the Russian Army and she has gradually become more involved over the years, along with her daughter Rhian (Stranger #16). Lynne works in a doctors’ surgery in real life, so it was only natural that she chose to be a Major in the Russian Medical Corps for her events. This was the first time she had worn her new, custom-made uniform – and very smart it looked too. The sunglasses probably weren’t authentic, but I thought they added a nice touch to her character! Thanks for agreeing to be part of my project, Lynne.
Andrew was another stranger I met today on the Typography tour of Brighton (along with Keith and Josh). We chatted briefly right at the end of the tour – he is a magazine editor from Bristol and was enjoying taking lots of pictures during the walk. Thanks Andrew for allowing me to take your portrait.
Yesterday I was in Brighton for the one-day Ampersand Typography conference. Today there was an extra event for those who wished to participate – a guided typography tour of the town. I hadn’t met Keith at the conference yesterday, but we got talking during the tour today. He was using a very nice Leica M9 and a Leica film camera too. It turned out that he is a photographer from the USA, currently living and working in Switzerland. He enjoys people photography. When I explained about the 100 strangers project, he was very happy to oblige as my first stranger! It’s feels good to finally get the project started at last. Thanks Keith, great to talk to you.