Saturday 4 February 2012: Accosting strangers
I took lots pictures in the City Centre during the drizzle as the streets looked surprisingly fetching. I had half an hour to kill before meeting a friend, to see a film, and somehow managed to take 150-something pics. That's something like 5 photos a minute - maybe a new world record.
This mystery woman accidentally came into shot a few times. She did rather stick out like a sore thumb as everyone else around her was looking bedraggled in the rain.
She had just left her birthday celebrations and was laden with presents to open. As she had been hanging around the street corner I was
preying on waiting on, to flag down a taxi, I pounced and babbled something about doing a photography course (LIES!!!!!). I also promised I wouldn't do anything "weird" with the picture. She laughed nervously but I rushed off to my position and took aim before she could say no. She didn't say 'no', so I took this to be a 'Yes'. The smile began to wane after the fourth shot so I had to go with the four pics I took. I showed her the pics; she laughed.
I'll have to work on my schmoozing of random passers by and perhaps lie less BUT I overcame my crushing shyness about asking people for portraits. There's been so many 'ones that got away'....(sigh). There was the guy in Islington who's entire face was tatooed. He was beautiful and so was the face art. But approaching people aint that bad! I may even do it again. I had been avoiding people as I do so much interviewing and prying into people's lives that I just quite like avoiding them the rest of the time...but have to say it is quite fun!
As I had been interested in the street initially you can see her in context here. But I quite like how her portrait came out so it has to be my blip of the day.
I'll be back much later to catch up on your journals :-)))