It is my intention to finish this project on 21 May but I’ve been slipping a little with my weekday lunchtimes approach and Friday did little to help as I had 5 rejections and no successes – this was quite discouraging as I’m pretty sure I’ve not had more than two rejections in a row in the past. Nonetheless a little time was set aside today for my project and I mapped out three locations that I wanted to visit and I’m pleased to say that I had 100% success today. The first of the trio was Simon …
I was walking alongside Cullercoats beach and saw Simon a couple of times throwing a ball for his dog and after a while I decided to ask him so I posed my question from a walkway above the beach and when he agreed I walked down onto the beach. I explained fully about the project then asked him a little about his dog while I got my camera out of my bag and gave some thought to the harsh light. Sasha is a 6 year old border collie and keeps Simon very busy so he doesn’t really have time for much else.
Simon works as a project manager raising funding for the library within the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. The institute is located near Central Station and when Simon started talking about the lovely Gothic building I had to have a look when I got home and indeed it is.
In terms of Simon’s photo I tried to incorporate a little of the background scene as it makes a nice change from Northumberland Street but for some reason I positioned Simon centrally in the frame (or possibly even slightly left of centre) which was a bit careless but such is life.
After a bit I noticed that Sasha was lying down looking on expectantly but patiently so I thanked Simon for his time and left him to give Sasha the attention she was after.
Thanks for your time today Simon – I think that you taught me that I need to look around a lot more – I have walked past that building so many times and yet never really "seen" it.
Please feel free to provide constructive critique on the technical aspects of this photograph.
This picture is #91 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