I've never photographed somebody's boot before but that's what I found myself doing today - I was crouched down as low as I could and Hugo was stood with his legs in a wide stance - much more so than necessary ;) - to ensure that the foot I was photographing was isolated. What a picture we must have presented ... so it's lucky that I no longer get hung up and Hugo is a performer!
I had just finished with Ian and was heading back to work when I passed Hugo - oh boy, another no-brainer - fantastic!
Yet again I was given the go ahead with no questions asked but as ever I explained about the project anyway and handed him one of my business cards. I took a couple of half body shots of Hugo then asked if he would mind if I took a full length portrait as well and did so after switching to my 35mm lens (with hindsight changing lens was perhaps quite brave after the problems I had with Ian). I chatted casually with Hugo throughout and learned that he is a dancer and performs cabaret in a venue that I'm pretty sure he said was called The Boulevard and if it was, then he performs Burlesque but I didn't actually establish that while talking to him. What I did learn though is that he has been a dancer since he was 9 and has been doing it professionally for 5 years. Whilst he doesn't tour with his current job, dancing has previously taken him all over, including Slovenia, Madeira and New York (Broadway? Hmm ... didn't think to ask).
In his spare time Hugo enjoys sewing - making costumes. He doesn't do this for his work but he does produce costumes for another dance troupe. When I asked if he had made any of the clothes he was currently wearing he looked down before replying "no, but I customise my boots" - the rest, as they say, is history ... the boot shot immediately sprung to mind and my diptych became a triptych!
As I stood up from photographing his boot I commented "that was probably one of the weirdest things I've ever done ... what's the weirdest thing you've ever done?". Regular viewers of my project will no doubt spot what I did there - weirdest / maddest ... same thing! And segued like a cheesy DJ - I was so proud of myself! How does "dressed up like a giant clown ... with a broken umbrella" grab you for weirdness - it does it for me!
Hugo, thank you very much for taking time to help me with my project today - it was a real pleasure talking with you.
Please feel free to provide constructive critique on the technical aspects of this photograph.