Kilian strode past me today and his style caught my eye so I chased after him but just as I was catching up with him he crossed the road in front of a bus and left me behind. When the bus passed though (which took a while due to traffic) he was just on the other side of the road but he was now talking to a pretty girl. As photographing an individual from a couple is something I am not particularly keen on I hesitated but quite quickly decided that she would be great in my project as well … but then the girl introduced him to another girl that was stood beside them – this was too much for my liking so I gave up on him.
Seconds later though, and I still had not managed to cross the road yet, the group split up with the second girl going her separate way so off I went again. When I caught up with them I asked Kilian if I could take his photo for my project and he said yes then asked what the project was about so I handed him my card and explained. I also asked the girl, Sophie and she agreed. So yet again I am faced with the one shot or two dilemma but on this occasion I decided to photograph them separately – mainly because I originally set out to photograph Kilian and also because I asked them separately.
I took a few shots of Kilian and Sophie was doing something out of sight but it was making Kilian laugh so whatever it was was fine by me – I eventually chose the above shot because I think it was in keeping with the sharply dressed man that I first started chasing but I like the expression that Sophie managed to elicit as well so it can be seen below.
I only spoke to Kilian very briefly after I had photographed Sophie and learned that he works for Cruise – which is great for my project as I am still entertaining the idea of drawing a line through all my strangers linking each one to the next somehow – and Cruise forms a neat link between Kilian and my #24 Jonathan that was photographing people on behalf of Cruise when I photographed him.
Kilian cut things short at this point though by shaking my hand which was fair enough – he was on his lunch and had only just met up with Sophie so taking any more of their time would have been intruding.
Kilian, thanks very much for taking part in my project – my wife thinks you look like David Ginola … rightly or wrongly you can probably take that as a compliment 😉
This picture is #41 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