After what was a very successful first Melbourne Meetup with my fellow Flickr members all those months ago, I hadn’t actually had a chance to go out and shoot any new strangers for quite a while. In between work, travel, finding my very own letterpress machine, along with an unexpected trip to the hospital to have my appendix removed, it was finally nice to have a free weekend to get back out there and start shooting again.
As it had been a while since taking my last stranger, approaching the first for the day was always going to be a little more nervous than normal. Luckily for me I didn’t have to wait long before I spotted Nick, who happened to be on a break from work and was the perfect candidate to get my strangers project back underway.
This photo actually came about first by me scoping out a interesting backdrop to shoot against. Melbourne’s GPO building is a fantastic building for its architecture and I had found this really interesting archway that cafe’s normally operated underneath that would be perfect. I had envisioned what the portrait would look like and after a few quick test shots I then went and found a subject.
Nick was on a ‘smoko break’ from work as we say here in Australia and only had a few minutes spare before he had to get back. Since I had already planned out the shot beforehand, this wasn’t going to be a problem. Nick was dressed very sharply, probably to be expected since he worked in one of the fine designer fashion stores within the GPO building. His style was going to contrast well against the stone architecture in the background I thought.
So after approaching and eventually convincing Nick to be apart of the series I quickly fired the shutter for a few frames and we were done. To my surprise I seemed to get exactly the shot I wanted in the first frame, but to be safe quickly fired off a few more just incase my LCD preview wasn’t as accurate as I thought. The 50mm performed great in what was a reasonably shady and dark area of the building without me having to increase the ISO anymore than 200. Now that I look at it though, I could have shot from a slightly lower perspective to get a little more of the arc in the roof above him.
After hearing more about the project Nick was excited to see the results, so hopefully he likes the final outcome. As was mentioned before, Nick works in Arthur Galan, an Australian Designer fashion brand specialising in fine tailoring and high fashion collections for men. He has a Degree in Marketing & HR but is really excited about the opening of his own cafe ‘Valleta Lane’ in a few months time in Altona North, in Melbourne’s South-West.
So Nick, good luck wity your new business venture and I hope you enjoy this portrait. Its good to be back out shooting again!