When I spotted Dave I had no hesitation crossing the road and chasing after him – he had earphones on at the time so I failed to catch his attention for a few seconds (not helped by the fact he happened to look in the completely opposite direction just as I caught up with him) but once I had attracted his attention he took one of the earphones out and listened to my spiel before agreeing – and smiled when I pointed out that I couldn’t possibly pass up the opportunity to photograph the monkey hat!
Dave was carrying what I thought was a violin case but just as I was about to start talking about it I realised that it was too small to be a violin. It turns out that it was a ukulele and Dave is a singer/song writer – I asked what kind of music he played and he replied that it was a difficult question to answer and handed me a badge with his website address (www.davejgiles.co.uk/) as way of an answer. On his website he describes his style as acoustic folk rock. I had a listen to a few songs but I’m going to mention Bangarang as the one that stuck out – it’s a really cool happy song … and it features the ukulele so it’s the perfect song to mention here.
I took a couple of shots without flash then tried using flash and rather embarrassingly Dave pointed out to me that it wasn’t firing … so I switched it on and tried again … Doh! Dave seemed happy enough to be involved but didn’t give the impression that he wanted to stop and chat for hours so I thanked him for his time and said goodbye once I had a shot that I was happy with.
Thanks very much for taking part today Dave – I love that hat and "I don’t ever want to grow up" either ;).
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This picture is #63 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