Stranger 99/100 - Ricky
I met up with Barbara today at lunch time for a quick hour of stranger shooting. We did our usual of catching up but always with one eye for a stranger. During our general wonder, I saw this potential background between Dean St and Wardour St in Soho.
The alleyway was on the side of an alleyway and was narrow. I saw some people walking towards me from it and I took note of the light as they walked through. I thought it had possibilities but Barbara wasn't so sure. So I got her to stand in my chosen spot and did a test shot, it would work with the right person and a reflector.
We had no luck partly because I had wandered too far from the backdrop and Barbara had to get back to work. I had a bit of time to kill so I went to a coffee shop near by for a tea surveyed the people traffic. No luck, I did another wonder of the area and went back to the same coffee shop and had another tea but this time I sat outside. It was a bit cold but I figured my chances would be better.
And sure enough it was. I saw Ricky come out and grab a cigarette (or light I am not sure) from a colleague and they started chatting. I approached Ricky, who is Italian, and explained my project. He wasn't sure what I was asking at first, but his friend understood and encouraged him although I think he would have agreed anyway.
I directed him into the best position and took a few shots and had a number of different tight headshots from different angles. After a straw poll with my fellow 100 stranger friends
this was the final choice.
As I mentioned, Ricky is Italian and he has been here for 3 and half years. He actually works at the coffee shop I was sitting at (although I didn't see him at the time) and has been there all the time he has been in London. His home his Sardinia.
I decided to try some cinematic colour grading in this. The difficult part was trying not to go too far.
Anyway, thank you Ricky for being a part of my project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the
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As always any critique welcome