Stranger 79/100 - Santi "Yes my parents were hippies"
After some evening plans fell through, I decided to take the opportunity to get the camera out and look for some suitable strangers to photograph.
As a lot of you may know the background is usually very important to me. I had about 3 backgrounds (all nearby) which I wanted to use. So I ventured over to my first spot and waited...nothing. I then went to my 2nd and 3rd spots....again nothing. I went back to the first spot...still nothing.
This is a problem I have been having quite a lot recently and with my renewed nervousness in approaching strangers, this has slowed down the progress of my project. So I decided, to forget the background and to focus on good light and shallow depth of field instead.
I saw Santi sitting on the pavement having a cigarette break and sat down next to her and asked for a portrait. She was more than happy to have her picture taken as long as she didn't have to pose. I reassured her that this was only a head shot so there wouldn't be any. I quickly positioned myself to get rid of some distracting pillars on the left and then waited for the people in the background to go and fired of a few shots. In this final shot I also asked her to move her chin down which had the added bonus of bringing out her eyes.
Santi was working in a bar/restaurant nearby and I enjoyed chatting with her. She is half Nepalese, half English and last went to Nepal a long time ago. Her name means "Peace" and she said that her parents were Hippies and hence the name.
Thank you so much Santi for this portrait. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the
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As always any critique welcome.