As mentioned in my previous stranger story with Julia, I was lucky enough to get two new strangers at once on my recent trip in Sydney. Julia (Stranger #18) was the first and then travelling alongside her was best friend Josina – officially Stranger #19.
Josina and Julia have been friends most of their life, going through school together and now travelling the world with one another. Josina went on to tell me there plans for where they were heading in Australia (which sounded like everywhere) and how much they were enjoying their time here so far. On this particular day Josina was also the subject for the photos her and Julia were taking, and she was modelling the Christmas attire for their photos to send back home to Germany.
Josina was very happy to be apart of the project and was obviously already very comfortable being in-front of the camera. As I had just shot Julia previously in the same park we moved over to a slightly different area so I could try and compose a different garden bed that I had spotted earlier in the background of the shot. I wanted the greenery of the trees to still be a strong part of the background as it always works well in these tighter cropped shots in making the face stand out, plus it was going to make Josina’s red shirt really stand out.
After waiting for what seemed like every person in Sydney to walk through our background scene we managed to get a couple of different shots both close-up and full length, as well as a few of the christmas attire to help with my story. When shooting the head-shots I asked her for a non-smiling shot where she would be looking straight down the barrel of the lens. Whilst Julia probably wasn’t quite as confident with that sort of pose naturally, it was much more natural for Josina. At the time whilst shooting, I remember looking through the viewfinder and hitting the shutter at one point thinking ‘I hope I got that expression’ which had appeared only for a brief moment before she kept bursting into a big smile. Luckily enough when I got back home and seen it larger I was very happy to see it look the same as I had experienced when taking the photo.
Josina was very comfortable in-front of the camera and her excitement and general confidence gave Julia a lot more energy when we started taking some photos of the both of them together. Thats one great thing I learnt this day, that the benefit of shooting two strangers who know each other together meant that they could bounce each others enjoyment onto one another and get a much more natural expression and personality to the photos I was taking. I think it really showed in the group shot.
So once again, thank you Josina for being apart of my Strangers journey and I wish both yourself and Julia all the best in your travels whilst here in Australia.