23 is a number that has been famously linked to many people over the years including sporting greats like Michael Jordan, Shane Warne, David Beckham and even Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin – but today it belongs to Amy, my 23rd participant in this 100 Strangers series.
Admittedly it has been a little while since my last stranger encounter due to a new job and many new projects taking up most of my energy and spare time, however this long weekend over Easter has enabled me to have a bit more free time and I grabbed the chance to get back into this wonderful project once again.
Since my last encounter with Dorothy some weeks ago, I was a bit slow starting off my normal process. It was almost like starting again with Stranger #1 in a way. In the end I decided to walk on down to the National Gallery of Victoria as I had a shot and background in mind that may work well for a stranger portrait. When I arrived I found that there wasn’t that many people coming in and out as I had seen in the past so I decided to take a few test frames for the light and sit and wait for someone to come. This is sometimes the way I like to shoot, finding a backdrop and then waiting for the right stranger to put in front of it.
After around 30mins though, I thought this may have been a bad idea. Luckily I then seen Amy emerge from the doors of the NGV in a wonderfully colourful dress and I knew she was the one for this shot. So whilst her friend went straight to her phone to make a call I approached Amy and told her about the project. She was happy to be included and we went about getting into position in the area I had taken my test frames.
Now it was at this time that a bus load of tourists arrived at the gallery, so we had to wait for them to all stream by so they got out of our shot. Amy was very happy to just smile and wait, and we also got chatting about herself to fill in the time. Once the army of tourists had entered the gallery we were ready to shoot. I actually had an extra concept for an interesting portrait from this location, but I will have to wait for another stranger in this series as Amy had already been kind enough to wait around for me.
Amy is in Australia currently travelling with friends. She is here on a short trip and is due to go back to London next week, but says she has had a great time over here (as they all do). Amy currently works for an I.T firm but plans on pursuing something more to do with her Psychology degree in the near future. She wasn’t visiting any particular exhibition at the NGV this particular day, but I’m glad she decided to stop on by as she now has one extra little story to add to her Australian trip.
Thanks for being apart of my project Amy and congratulations on receiving the world-renowned #23 title 🙂 I hope you enjoy this portrait and your remaining time in Australia.