It was two from two ‘yes’ replies in my Strangers project so far and my confidence was up. Now that I’d gotten two good strangers with no real plan as to how I was going to compose or position them, I thought it would be a good idea to plan something out.
So once again I hit the streets of Santa Monica, this time in search of a good background I could put my subject on as I didn’t want anything too busy that would distract from the main subject. I’d found a shop front which was relatively green, and after a few test shots of just the bokeh background I thought it may work ok. Just as I was about to leave for another spot, Emma, my third Stranger-to-be arrived with her friend and as starred at my camera setup. She really stood out from the crowd with these awesome red-framed glasses. After intensely looking at my camera she said:
“Oh! its a Nikon!……. what are you shooting a picture of exactly?”
Both her and her friend looked in the direction I was shooting, I must have looked silly to her as I was pointing my camera at a window which didn’t even have anything in it to photograph, but I said
“I’m just looking for a good background that I can shoot my next portrait on for a photography project I’m working on” ….. “Would you like to be apart of it?”
A huge smile erupted from her face and she was as happy as a kid in a candy store. She said
“Oh my god, yes!!! I normally always have my camera with me as well. I’m so disappointed I don’t have it here with me now.”
I told her the kind of shots I had done with the previous strangers and asked her if she wouldn’t mind removing her glasses for my main shot, as I wanted people to be able to see her eyes. And I’m glad she did as I think the resulting shot turned out great. As much as I loved the look she had going with those red frames, the shot without them made her seem so innocent.
She also requested a shot that showed her new t-shirt too, which would have been much easier if I wasn’t using a fixed prime lens and awaiting the constant stream of shoppers passing in-between. After the shots I gave her a Moo Card, she took a picture of me with her friends camera and my Moo Card in the foreground, and talked a little about photography as she was really interested, before we were on our way again.
She was really excited about the idea of the project and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if she’s started up the project herself already. She was a very cool stranger to meet and I’m glad she had fun being apart of it. Thank you Emma, and thanks for wishing me luck – that helps a lot.