I had the coolest rejection today – a very smartly dressed gentleman that kept walking for about 20 yards until I sparked his interest enough for him to stop but alas no … but boy did he smile the best smile throughout ;).
Ten minutes later though I walked past Marke and instantly impressed by his style also I turned on my heels no more than a couple of metres past him and asked if I could take his photo. Marke looked really taken aback but asked why so I explained and no sooner had I mentioned the word "project" and he was holding his hand out gesturing for me to carry on. I took a handful of shots and explained a bit more about the purpose behind the project. When I asked Marke what he was up to there was no stopping him and he talked quite enthusiastically about what he was doing today and moreover why Newcastle was special to him.
Marke is from York originally but lived in London for 37 years. He has taken the day off work (Bank Manager) today to come shopping in Newcastle – a city he has frequented many times as a child as both his grandparents are from Newcastle. His Grandfather used to run a business in the 1920s quite close to where we were stood and whilst I’m not 100% certain I think that he said it was a Chandlery.
Whilst Marke was talking I became aware of a lady off to the side that was watching quite intently and when I glanced back a bit later and she was still looking I asked Marke if that was his wife that I was keeping him away from at which point he replied that it was and held his hand out so I shook it and thanked him for his time. Marke walked off to be with his wife and I could just make out her asking "what was that all about?". I have no idea what Marke’s reply was.
I went and sat down immediately after he had gone and reviewed the photographs on my camera. As I was sat there I saw Mr Stylish Rejection walking down the street in my general direction – he politely turned down one of the many charity workers (not my #65 Matt although he was only a stone’s throw away) and walked on. As he passed close by he spotted me and broke into that smile again and waved – I waved back and couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear as well. I had a good "100 Strangers" day today!
Marke, thank you very much for taking some time out to talk to me today – I hope that you had a good day as well and that you like the photograph.
Please feel free to provide constructive critique on the technical aspects of this photograph.
This picture is #73 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