One of the things I’ve noticed while working on this project is that some people can’t help but turn on their camera face when in front of the lens. Others, like Gretta, just fall into a natural, engaging expression - which was kind of unexpected in this case, given the situation. This image was taken during the same pub visit as my previous two strangers, John and Shane. When we arrived, the place wasn’t too busy. We talked with Gretta (a server at the pub) about the project and asked for a portrait, and she said yes. But by the time we finished lunch and had taken photos of John and Shane the lunch crowd had arrived. So Gretta was now pretty busy. I felt I was pushing my luck a bit, but she graciously agreed to go ahead with the portrait, then went off to tend to the customers. In between trips from the bar to the tables, she paused for a minute. I let her know where I wanted her to stand and suggested a pose. Her facial expression immediately changed from “kinda busy” to what you see here. She has a really nice presence in front of the camera.
Thanks to Gretta for taking the time to be part of my strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page www.flickr.com/groups/100strangers/.
Strobist info: 430EXII through a Lumiquest SBIII camera right, triggered by a PW. Small reflector held at camera left.