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Stranger 99/100 - Ricky | by ArnabKGhosal
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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


100 Strangers Flickr Group Page


Connect with me on my facebook page: Shooting the Streets


As always any critique welcome




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Taken on March 25, 2015