After successfully photographing my first two strangers of the day in the Melbourne Meet-up I was ready to shoot my next in the series, so we headed down the road to the popular Melbourne hotspot Degraves Lane — this is where I spotted Daniel.
Daniel is officially Stranger #32 and I had caught him whilst he was on a break between performances for the day. With a few other members of the 100 Strangers Group shooting with me, as soon as I had spotted Daniel in the laneway I immediately approached him without hesitation – as he would of become part of Neil’s project I’m sure if I waited any longer 🙂
My first impression of Daniel was definitely a good one, as when I first spotted him he had just donated to a local busker (who was very good might I add) before taking his place in an outdoor cafe seat with his coffee and continued reading his Saturday paper. He was sitting alone at the time so I walked over to him and actually took a seat across from him to talk about my project. He was more than happy to be apart of the series and without either himself or myself moving I began to shoot the portrait.
Now this was a first for me, sitting down whilst shooting the portrait was quite a funny feeling, but I had noticed the overall darkness that was created from the overhead cafe umbrellas created a dimmed out background that would allow Daniel to really stand out. Apart from a few slight shifts on my chair, I had taken a few quick frames and was done.
Daniel is a Physical Comedian by day and was just having a break between shows at this time in Federation Square. Over the past few weeks he had been performing at the Melbourne Comedy Festival as well as having shows in Federation Square itself. Daniel travels the world with his shows and also performs in theatre workshops globally with other world class practitioners.
Daniel is a local Melbournian, originally from Ballarat, and began performing professionally at the age of just 18, originally on the famous TV variety show ‘Red Faces’. This proved to be valuable for his future career as he and a friend won 1st prize on the show and went on to spend the following 2yrs in CircoArts Circus School in Christchurch, New Zealand. After returning back to Australia he quickly found himself performing professionally in the International Comedy Festivals and self produced his own street theatre performance tour to Japan and Europe.
Daniel’s work and dates of his shows can be seen on his website at http://www.danieloldaker.com/ as well as various other sites across the internet. He was a great character to meet and was very happy to be supporting other artists in their day-to-day jobs 🙂
Daniel, it was a pleasure to chat with you and grab your portrait, and I hope to catch you again at one of your tours. I hope you like this portrait.