Fujifilm X30 | 1/5 sec @ f/4.0 | 13.7 mm | ISO 100
This is the first ever portrait photograph I have taken of a complete stranger – I have much to learn! To discover the inspiration for undertaking this (to me) daunting task, visit the ‘100 Beautiful Strangers‘ project of Monochrome Muse Chloe, (The Girl Who Clicked).
When I explained Chloe’s project, this sociable gentleman was absolutely charming about having his photograph taken, although he categorically did not want to look at the result on the camera screen, explaining he never, ever looked at photos of himself!
Thanks Chloe for the inspiration – this is my Beautiful Stranger #1. Shaking so much after taking this photo, I completely forgot to ask the gentleman his name, so I will forever know him as ‘A Beatle in Streatham’. Next time (if I pluck up the courage again) might be easier and I’ll think more about positioning my subject away from distracting doors in the background!
Do you shy away from taking portraits? This is a good way to learn more about taking them while connecting with some amazingly friendly and obliging people. First of all, do make sure you feel safe and comfortable before approaching anyone – I was out with my husband and daughters for Sunday Lunch in a traditional, London, family oriented pub.