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Sixteen

I'd just met up with a friend in fed square and we were loitering around before meeting up with some other friends for dinner. It was raining lightly and I wasn't really looking out for strangers but this girl seriously stood out in the crowd. I quickly slung my bag off my back and pushed my bike towards my friend, rummaging through my bag for my camera. With it in hand I set off at a brisk pace to catch up with her, trying to get my settings to something that sounded reasonable on the way.

 

I passed her at a kind of half run and then turned around and said "Hi". She was with a couple of other people who I suppose where her mother and sister. But I directed my question straight at her, perhaps rudely. She agreed to the photo while looking at her companions but not appearing to seek approval from them. Once she'd said yes they kept walking and I shuffled around to get as little of the fed square architecture in the background as possible.

 

We talked a little as she smiled away, apparently quite happy to be interrupted by a stranger, and she told me that she was heading out to dinner. When I asked where she told me Wagamama and I said I'd not been there but had heard that the cocktails were good. Much to my surprise, thinking she was perhaps in her early 20s, she told me that she was too young to drink. My shock showed when I asked her how old she was exactly and she told me sixteen.

 

This is the seventy second portrait of my attempt at the 100 strangers project.

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Taken on February 11, 2011