I’ve noticed in this project so far that finding strangers often comes in surges, I can go a few weeks or even hours in a day without spotting anyone and then within 10 minutes possibly have met and photographed 3 different people. My next two strangers happened just like this – the first is Julia, officially known as Stranger #18.
I was back in Sydney for the weekend after a trip away with my work up the coast and had a few hours to wait before my flight back home to Melbourne. It was a very humid day and since I had my luggage with me I wasn’t quite ready to be roaming around the streets searching for strangers. Instead the thought of a nice refreshing drink and some shade in a nearby park would be a great way to relax during my wait. It was there that I had seen Julia and her friend walking from garden bed to garden bed taking photos of themselves in all different scenes within the flowers. Julia was taking the photographs and her friend was dressed in christmas attire – complete with santa hat. I was intrigued by what they were doing so when they walked over in my direction I stopped and asked if they’d like to be in some more photos.
Julia and her friend revealed that they were from Germany and were taking photographs of themselves in their Christmas outfits to send home to their families to show what its like to experience Christmas in an Australian Summer. The thought of spending all their past Christmases in cold/snowy conditions and now being able to experience it in warm weather and a t-shirt really excited them both. They had both finished school and were having fun travelling around Australia before getting too involved in studies and starting full-time careers. Seems like they were really enjoying their time here so far as well.
So in a first for me in this series so far, both Julia and her friend agreed to have their portraits taken and be apart of the series. We started with the traditional close-up headshot that is my base shot for the series so far before moving on and getting some with her friend included as well. As it was in the middle of the day we had moved to an area under the shade of the trees and used the greenery of the park as our backdrop. The only difficulty I had was managing the right angle of the light so it didn’t shine to harshly on her face, and secondly didn’t reflect weirdly in her glasses. I’ve found shooting people with glasses difficult in getting the focus correct, but I was happy with what I was able to achieve with this shot.
So thank you to Julia and her soon-to-be revealed best friend (aka. Stranger #19) for being apart of the project, I hope this experience is just one more memorable moment in what surely will be a great holiday for both of you here in Australia. I hope these photos can be added to your holiday scrapbooks one day.