Today turned into quite a "100 Strangers" day … one new Stranger, two old Strangers and a rejection.
First of all though, let me introduce Jaclyn … she and her partner were walking slowly down the street when I passed them but after only a couple of seconds of deliberation I chased after them, planted myself squarely in front of them forcing them to stop and as with Liah apologised to the man for interrupting and then posed my request directly at the lady. Jaclyn didn’t reply at first but her partner asked why so I explained and Jaclyn agreed.
At no point did her partner remove his arm from around her shoulder although he seemed quite chilled throughout so I didn’t get the impression that it was a protective thing. Nonetheless this forced me to go in quite close but I was quite happy with that and everybody reading this has probably seen enough of Northumberland Street in my project anyway.
I don’t know much about Jaclyn – her partner had just picked her up from University and they were off to do a bit of shopping enjoying some time away from the kids (a 1 and a 2 year old). Other than that we spoke very briefly about the project and what I get out of it and she asked if I had a card which I handed to her so hopefully she will have a look. And no Jaclyn … you are not going to appear on Crimewatch, at least not for any reason to do with me – my intentions are entirely honourable!
I thanked Jaclyn and carried on wandering up the street which brought me to Liam who was performing his Faces of Disco street act again. Whilst watching Liam an extremely fashionable (and I mean Vivienne Westwood levels of fashion) gentleman passed me so I chased after him but he was in too much of a rush and politely declined – I couldn’t really argue – I literally had to run to catch up with him so yes he was in a rush.
The day started however with me pausing to look around Old Eldon Square and noticing a lovely young lady wandering about but I immediately realised that I knew her – it was Fiona and she was out interviewing for BBC (Radio) Newcastle again. I waited for a chance when she wasn’t speaking to someone and jumped in to say Hi. We chatted for a bit about her question for today and whether she had looked at her photo (she hadn’t) and then she surprised me by asking if she could interview me about the project – it felt like ages before I managed to get an answer out and within a fraction of a second of my agreeing she had the microphone switched on and was asking me "Who are you and what do you do". The interview only lasted a couple of minutes and she doesn’t yet know what she is going to do with it but she said that she would be in touch and might use it when I finish the project … watch this space! I told her that I would probably finish my project on 21 May 2012 and funnily enough it was only when I reread her story this evening that I realised that it was as that time that I decided I wanted to complete my project over the space of a complete year
Anyway, much more importantly right now … Jaclyn, thank you very much for taking time out to help me with my project – you have certainly added a touch of style.
Please feel free to provide constructive critique on the technical aspects of this photograph.
This picture is #66 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