I had just finished shooting Aike, my stranger #10, when only a few metres down the road did I run into my next stranger. My official 11th Stranger in the project is Nick.
I had actually spotted Nick earlier in the day as I was walking past, but at the time he had a line up of girls waiting for him. You see, Nick was working for the clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch as a welcoming model at the main door. People would be queuing up to get their polaroid photo taken with him, mum’s and daughters, and even a few couples. It sure seemed popular and was nothing like I’ve ever seen back home in Australia. Since he was so busy at the time I continued on with the intention of coming back later and trying again.
After finishing my shoot with Aike I wandered by the store again to see if Nick was still there. Luckily enough for me he was, but now there was no line of people – hence it was a perfect time to shoot him for my series. I approached him as I would with any other stranger and told him about what I was doing with the project. He was very happy to oblige and asked me what type of pose or shot I was after. Working with someone who has modelling experience really made it easy – a little bit of guidance from me and he’d nail the pose or expression without hesitation. After shooting my usual headshot’s I went further back and got a shot just for the ladies who follow my project. If you’ve never been to one of there stores, this is the kind of thing your sure to expect.
After getting a few shots quickly out of the way, a small queue was forming and he was back to work. That didn’t stop us from chatting more though, as we discussed his career highlights to date in between his poses with the public. Nick was great to work with and more than happy to tell me all his stories. He is an accomplished singer, actor and model and has been involved in a whole heap of events and campaigns because of this. I’m sure it wont be long before we see him in a Hollywood flick on the big screen.
Thank you Nick for being apart of my project and I hope you like these shots. Oh and ladies I hope you enjoy the extra shot too 🙂