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.
Jamie was stranger number four from the family group I approached walking along The Mall. He was with his brother Rory (Stranger #33), Mum and Dad (Strangers #34 and #35). I had completed my photo course challenge (we had been asked to photograph at least 3 strangers in 10 minutes). I’m not sure if he lives in London (as his brother does) or if he was just visiting. Either way, he was happy to pose for a picture. Thanks to the whole family for being such good sports and helping me out with the project.
Len was stranger number three from today’s outing, walking along The Mall with his family (Strangers #33, #34 and #36. They were all very generous in agreeing to pose for a few pictures while they were enjoying their day in London. He was certainly wrapped up well against the weather! Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in London, Len.
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 was in London today for a creative photography workshop with some friends. After our first exercise, our group leader decided to get us out of our comfort zones and asked us to photograph 3 strangers in 10 minutes. That’s quicker than I’ve been used to in the past (sometimes I go months between strangers!), but I bit the bullet and had a go. Rory was in a group of 4 people, who I approached first. He is from Ireland but now lives in London. He was with his family (Strangers #34, #35 and #36) enjoying a walk along The Mall. He’s a big music fan, which is obvious from his ever-present headphones. Thanks for being my first stranger of the day, Rory.
I seem to have neglected my Strangers again recently; the last was in November when I met Lucia. Today I went to do some street photography with friends from GNPC. We visited Columbia Road Flower Market, Spitalfields and Brick Lane in London – all great opportunities for people watching. On our way down Brick Lane, this dapper gent was merrily dancing along the pavement to some rap music. He was soon joined by a couple of other guys who seemed to know him and they looked like they were having a great time. My picture of the trio made it for Day #1511. But afterwards, I thought he was too good a character to pass up, so I managed to have a quick word with him. His name is Johnnie Walker and he lives locally to Brick Lane. He initially introduced himself by saying “I’m nobody” – but then concurred that he was, at least, a pretty snappy dresser! He is often to be seen in the area and loves the East End and its friendly inhabitants. It was great to see someone who appeared to have such joie de vivre, and wasn’t afraid to show it. Thanks for bringing a smile to many people’s faces this afternoon, Johnnie – the pleasure was all ours.