This is Lesley, we met in the lounge waiting for the Belfast – Stranraer ferry and she started talking to us (well my 2 year old son really) at which point I discovered that she hates Man Utd, likes Liverpool FC and has recently realised that her son prefers rugby over football. We then said our goodbyes and departed to get onto the ferry. Later my wife mentioned a bit more that she had gleaned whilst I had disappeared briefly and at that point I decided that with the ice already broken this was a good opportunity to get my #1. I kept my camera with me on the ferry and sure enough towards the end of the journey I spotted Lesley near the soft play where my son was playing. So I approached Lesley, explained the project and she agreed to have her photo taken. I enquired further about the purpose of her journey which was to go to Perth to listen to a reading by her favourite author, Philip Yancey, a Christian author that Lesley has been reading for 10/11 years. For the photo I asked Lesley to pose reading her book as this was the sole purpose of her trip.
Sadly I didn’t have my pre-prepared business cards on me for about the first time in a week but I left Lesley with the necessary details and my email address in case she changed her mind.
I can honestly say that I was very nervous throughout and as a result the "conversation" was perhaps more of an inquisition and the end photo very much a snapshot but Lesley was very easy to talk to and I would like to say thank you – if you’d said "No" I might never have got started – I’ve already lost count of my excuses not to approach various people throughout the previous week!
This picture is #1 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page