I adopted a new technique today and it worked like a charm … first I stole my strangers’ camera then I asked if I could take their photograph!
I spotted Yao taking a photo of Helen so I offered to take a photo of them both – they gratefully accepted my offer and handed me their camera – at which point I explained that I had an ulterior motive (whilst still holding their camera) and that I would also like to take a photo for my own purposes – I handed them a card and explained a little about the project and they accepted. But then they had to … I still had their camera ;).
I took a few shots with their camera which I then handed back to them – no doubt to their great relief – before taking my camera out to take some shots for my project. I was vaguely aware that Helen looked interested in my camera and I think was about to ask which model it was but something interrupted this (although I cannot recall what) and she never did.
Helen and Yao were a really nice couple and joking aside this was a nice relaxed meeting – just look at their smiles. They are from the Shandong Province in China and have been in Newcastle for a year and a bit completing their degrees – Media for Helen and Communication for Yao. They are going home in a couple of days but whilst it will be good to be back with their family and friends again they will miss Newcastle a lot.
Helen & Yao, thank you very much for helping me with my project – I hope you like the photo and that the shots I took with your camera are worth having as well.
This picture is #33 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