Ever since I was a kid the number five has always been my favourite. In all the sports I played I had that number on my back, I used to quote “Number 5 comes alive” all the time as a kid from watching the movie ‘Short Circuit’, and even more so now as a designer and big typography fan. Anyway, the point I was getting to was that five is a good number for me so I was feeling pretty good about whoever was going to be the official Stranger #05.
Meena was this stranger – although she nearly wasn’t. I initially spotted her whilst I was sitting down eating lunch. She had this flower in her hair which really stood out along with her bright red lipstick. As I finished my lunch I noticed her getting ready to leave so I quickly got my camera gear out and went to speak to her. She looked like she was in a hurry to get somewhere but was waiting for the ‘very slow’ elevator to arrive. It was here that after 4 straight yes replies in the series so far that I received my first ‘no thanks’ from Meena. I took it very well, not offended at all, said “thats fine” and wished her a good day.
No more than 15 seconds later as I was walking away I hear someone running through the crowd behind me and saying “wait, wait, wait!!”. “I’m sorry” she said, “I actually just lost my job only a few minutes ago and was still a little upset with how it all happened”. She then said “If you take my photo, can I do a shot where I’m showing my ex-boss what I think about what just happened”. I said “sure thing, whatever you like”.
So after explaining the general shots I tend to take, and taking this first headshot, we then took the second shot which she dedicated to her ex-boss of only 15minutes ago (in comments below). After the shoot she was smiling again and seemed very happy that she was apart of the project when this had just happened. I was glad to keep my ‘yes’ record going, really glad with the shots I was able to get, and happy for Meena to have something to smile about after a bad morning for her.
Apart from adding the type to this image, this is pretty much SOOC. The makeup, hair and styling was all done for her job so it made my job easy – just tell the story with the photograph.
Meena went on to say that she was a student studying Fashion here in Santa Monica, and that she was working on her own line of clothing at the time. Nothing is available as yet though.
Thank you for being apart of the project Meena, I hope you enjoy these photos.