One of the great things about the 100 Strangers Flickr group is its community aspect, with everyone who participates in the project always willing to learn from one another to help make us better photographers. On this particular day I had gone along for my first ever Melbourne Meetup, where I was joined by fellow photographers Evan, Pete, Ant and Neil as we went about finding and photographing every interesting person in Melbourne. I must admit, I was extremely slow in finding my first stranger of the morning and I’d already seen Pete and Ant find a couple of strangers within the first 20mins – I’d barely even got my camera out of the bag and Ant was snapping away! Seeing other photographers go about their approaches and how they work with the strangers when photographing them was amazing and it pushed me to start going about my business as I would normally.
So with four other photographers spurring me on I was determined to find my first for the day, and whilst crossing the street in Melbourne’s CBD I had spotted Lloyd – officially Stranger #30. I had spotted his hair bobbing above the crowd of people walking infront of him, and then when seeing his overall style I knew I had to ask him for a photo.
Lloyd was from Perth and had flown over to Melbourne for the weekend with a friend (stranger #31 coming up next) to see some events. This was one of the rare times in the series so far where I had actually approached two people at once, so trying to talk to them both and convince them both to be apart of the series was a little challenge in itself. After a few seconds describing the project to Lloyd he agreed to participating and I went about my normal routine, first finding a position out of the hard light and secondly in a position where the background was interesting and clean.
Lloyd is also a photographer by day, loves shooting on film and a very artistic and creative person by nature. He dabbles in film as well, which is part of the reason he and his friend were in Melbourne for on this weekend. He was actually quite hesitant about having his photo taken at first (possibly because there where other guys shooting behind-the-scenes shots at the same time), but once I told him I was after a shot with no smile he was immediately at ease. “Oh, no smile, that’s easy then. I can do that”. It was actually quite difficult getting my usual crop with all of his hair in! Haha.
So a big thank you to Lloyd for being apart of the series. Hopefully your trip to Melbourne was well worth it and I hope this experience made it that little more exciting.