I exorcised a couple of demons today!
First of all I asked a police officer which is something I have been meaning to do for ages (she declined), secondly I have long been aware that I have a bit of a block with attractive young women – the mainstay of many projects on here. I think the problem is that two of my worst rejections have been young(ish) women and on both occasions I’m pretty sure that I have really freaked them out and then not had the chance to even begin to explain. A few months ago I resolved to make my next 5 strangers young women but I fell at the first hurdle. Yesterday I set out to ask just 1 but came away empty handed but not through lack of opportunity given the lovely weather that we are currently enjoying which is bringing everyone out into the sunshine. So last night I told Mrs H&C that I was again going for 5 in a row … I got all 5 in one day today, as well as 5 rejections (all polite and in light of a full explanation about the purpose) and took a total of 38 photos – you’ll need to wait for #84 to discover the story behind that somewhat high number!
BTW I don’t have a complete block in this respect so the several young women that have already agreed to be part of my project need take no offence at this background story – it’s a simple fact that you are in the minority in my project ;). Anyway …
I kicked off early with a rejection then spotted Daisy who caught my eye with her confident style and bold sunglasses and chased after her as she strode off in the opposite direction. When I approached though she was happy to get involved with minimal explanation.
Daisy is studying product design at Newcastle University and currently designing a lunch box but it will not be made or sold, it’s purely for her course.
When I asked her what she likes to do for fun, she told me that she is in a band with a record deal in the offing and someday she may be famous – she said this whilst striking a showbiz pose ;). Obviously comfortable in the limelight then! Her band plays indie/electro pop which meant little to me so I asked who her/their influences would be … Phoenix and Friendly Fire … erm, OK … still none the wiser ;). At this point my headphones were dangling loosely and still blasting out Shinedown’s newest album – an American Rock band (which I shall unashamedly point out includes my #69 stranger Barry Kerch) – so little common ground musicwise.
These guys are not mucking about though … Mausi … not my kind of music but seriously talented and given they just signed a band manager yesterday they have real ambition and if the polished website, single and samples are anything to go by they are a real watch this space band. Good luck Daisy et al!
Somehow finding time, Daisy also enjoys street photography – basically photographing anything interesting – a bit like me then as I had several interesting encounters today of which Daisy was definitely one!
Daisy, thanks very much for taking part in my project today – it was a pleasure to speak to someone so relaxed (and especially given the context of my "mission") and whilst I approached you for the reasons mentioned above it was great to find myself speaking to someone that confirmed my belief that everybody has a story if you ask the right questions.
Daisy is the first stranger I photographed today having set myself the personal challenge of photographing 5 young women in a row – a "group" that I must admit to generally shying away from. Others may think nothing of this but I found it difficult for reasons explained in the introduction above.
Please feel free to provide constructive critique on the technical aspects of this photograph.
This picture is #82 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