Lindsay and the gentleman she was with (whom I know nothing about so will refer to only as her friend) were standing at a street corner presumably deciding where to go next. I had no hesitation walking straight up to her and asking if I could take her photograph and she had no hesitation in accepting, without any question why. I handed her my card and explained what the project was about and that when she looked so distinctive and beautiful it really was an easy decision to ask her.
Her friend had a camera with him and she was dressed fabulously, looking like she had just stepped off a Hollywood film set for the latest period drama so I asked if there was a particular reason they were out today with the camera and she replied that they were just out "on a trip".
I have planned to use my 105mm lens for a fair while now so it’s ironic that I met Lindsay at a time when I was ill-equipped for a half-body let alone full-body shot but suffice to say that her fantastic style continues from head to toe.
She was happy to stand wherever I asked her to (which put me in the middle of the road, but thankfully a very quiet one) and I took a few shots and she patiently waited and smiled for me until I was finished. After I had taken her portrait I asked a bit more about their trip and learned that they were only in Newcastle for a few days but when I asked if they had enjoyed their visit the answer was unfortunately a mixed yes and no. Lindsay was in Newcastle to say goodbye to a friend of hers that passed away 3 weeks ago – although the friend is buried back home in The Netherlands, a memorial service had been arranged in their native Newcastle. I did not probe any further and merely commented that these were sad times.
Such a sad way to meet you Lindsay but thank you very much for taking part in my project and being such an obliging and lovely stranger.
This picture is #36 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