On what was a fairly chilly day in Melbourne I ventured down to the Southbank promenade along the Yarra in hope to find my next stranger. Lucky enough it wasn’t very long before I spotted Mitch from Sydney – who would officially become #37 in my series.
This particular morning had quite a few people out and about doing some weekend shopping, so finding a subject within a crowd of fast moving people was going to be hard. It was then that I noticed Mitch and his girlfriend walk by me in the crowd, and I instantly knew I had found the one and headed back towards them to catch up. It just so happens that as I approached they had stopped to take a photo of themselves against a statue, which I took as an opportunity to make sure I had everything ready for when I spoke (business card, notepad etc.).
After explaining to both of them what my project was about, and the slightest moment of hesitation, Mitch’s girlfriend encouraged him to be apart of the series and I managed to convince her to be in the series as well 🙂 You’ll and read more about her in the next post.
Now for the majority of the morning it had been quite overcast with a really nice soft light, however just 2 mins before I met Mitch the sun had broken out from behind the clouds and it was suddenly extremely bright and harsh. As I wasn’t really in a location where I could shade him from the direct light we first tried a shot where he faced the sun, and on my count opened his eyes to capture a photo without having to squint. The result of that meant that the highlights were quite blown out still and I wasn’t happy, so we spun around and got the sun in from the side this time so his face expression was more relaxed and we had a more natural direction of light. This turned out much better, although I couldn’t get as clean a background as I would have liked with a crowd of people now walking by in the distance.
Eventually after a few more quick snaps I had gotten an image which I thought has reasonable light coverage and preceded to get some more details. Mitch was visiting Melbourne as a celebration of his 20th Birthday. He is currently studying Digital Media Design at Billy Blue College of Design, an area which I happen to have a lot of experience in myself. This led on to a much longer conversation about design and a bit of the nerdy stuff that others in the world would zone out of in conversation. Hopefully once he has finished his studies he can send me through a link to his portfolio so I can share it with you all.
So Mitch, I hope you enjoyed your time in Melbourne and celebrated your Birthday in fine style. Good luck with the remainder of your course and I hope to hear from you again so I can check out your design work too. Thanks for the chat.