My next stranger is someone I had first seen in the streets of Melbourne a few months ago, but at the time was without my camera. Luckily for me this wasn’t going to be our only encounter and over the Easter long weekend I had the pleasure of meeting George – officially Stranger #24.
The first time I had seen George was at the Queen Victoria Markets, where he and his band were playing and entertaining hundreds of shoppers enjoying their weekend at one of Melbourne’s most famous markets. George is a member of the touring busking band from Austria and the UK named ‘Our Symphonic Life’ who are a dynamic trio that was first conceived back in Vienna in 2003. The band is on a world tour and can be seen playing their unique blend of Acoustic Pop, Power Pop and Jazz with Percussion in the streets of the worlds most vibrant cities.
On this particular day the band was playing in Melbourne’s popular shopping district of Bourke St and I had managaed to catch George during a break in their playing set. I had noticed George’s big happy smile from the first time I had seen the band and that vibrant, enthusiastic and down-to-earth character was what I was after when asking him to be apart of the project.
With the thousands of people that were around due to the Easter festivities, I had changed back to my favourite nifty-fifty lens so ensure George was going to be the focus of the shot. I had positioned him in an area where I was going to get some nice even light across his face without any strong shadows from his hat. After a few quick snaps and a look at the LCD to check the sharpness I was done and we then got chatting.
George plays the Keys in ‘Our Symphonic Life’ and has been playing music for the last 15 years. He is originally from Austria but I’m sure with the addition of the two letters ‘al’ he would love to say he’s from Australia 🙂 He is a genuinely happy character and I hope these portraits are a reflection of that.
For more information and clips on Our Symphonic Life you can head to their facebook page, on myspace or see them on youtube. They have tours to South Korea and Europe booked for the summer of 2012, as well as a self titled record that sells like hotcakes in their street performances. They’ll be in Melbourne for around one more month so be sure to get down and check them out if your around.
Thank you George for sparing your time to be apart of this project and I wish you and the rest of the band all the best on your world tour.