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Stranger #61 - Beata | by Toni Jover
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Stranger #61 - Beata

Spring was getting nearer, but afternoons were still cold for March's barcelona standards. I stood for a moment near the Architects' Association of Catalonia building, which lies in the far side of the cathedral's square, in a nice open space where roman archs, medieval walls, Picasso mural paintings and modern glass showcases can be seen at once in a single glance. While observing some details, I happened to catch a glimpse of dark and blond getting close, and I felt the urge to ask for a portrait.


Meet Beata, an elegant, fashionable young lady born in Poland, grown and educated in Toronto, and currently living in Barcelona. Ah, the beauty of cosmopolitism, or so they say. Behind a rather shy, dry, Slavic expression, Beata -which works as a make-up artist- kindly agreed to my proposal, which was executed rather quickly. The somewhat adust but firm and unimpressed look she gave me makes me think she has modelled before, but of course I could be wrong. I wasn't looking for an unsincere snapshot, so no directions were needed here.

Thanks for your time, Beata!


Shot with the Praktica LTL3 and a Helios-44-2 2/58 lens wide open, at 1/500 of a second.


This picture was #61 in my 100 strangers project. Check out the rest of the stranger street portraits in my project at the 100 Strangers Set or find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page.


Also, this is portrait #7 in my Human Family film project.

Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the Human Family Flickr Group page.

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Taken on March 4, 2016