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Stranger 110 - Jesse | by ArnabKGhosal
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Stranger 110 - Jesse

I had walked past the Billionaires Boys Club just on a side street parallel to Carnaby Street a number of times thinking it would cool to take a portrait of someone in there and yesterday I took the plunge. Jesse was working in there and the place was quiet so I popped in and took my chances.


Jesse was game and patiently waited while I set my lighting up. I took a few test shots without the flash and was satisfied that some light would give it some oomph since without it Jesse's image in the frame was coming off flat. I wanted to get more of the environment in as well so I changed to my 50mm lens. I tell you what, it was hard to temporarily part with my 85mm but it had to be done.


The flash was off camera and modified using a shoot through umbrella on camera right. I had to play around with the power as too much power was causing light to bounce everywhere of all that white and was really flattening the image. I got it to a level I wanted and then took some shots. The light was still causing problems but it gave me the definition on Jesse's face that I wanted and I knew I could add back the contrast in post. I took one from this angle and also the other side too to get more of the shop which I will share later.


Jesse, who works full time in the shop, was a really cool guy and l found out that he was an East Londoner.


Tiago, my previous stranger, had left this question for him:


Describe your most embarrassing moment


Jesse: My most embarrassing moment was when my nana shaved of one of my eyebrows and I had to go to school the next day.


Me: why did she do that?


Jesse: she was meant to just shave two small lines going through it but misunderstood what I meant and shaved the whole thing off. I went into school the next day with a cap and I wouldn't take it off no matter how strongly the teachers asked.


I then went to explain a similar but completely different experience that I had in school and we had a bit of laugh about it. When I asked him what his question would be he requested a few moments to think about it as he wanted to make sure that he asked a good open question (as opposed to a closed question). Having had a few minutes his question was:


If you had to live the rest of your life as a blind person or a deaf person, which would you choose and why?



Thank you very much Jesse 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


or visit my website


As always constructive criticism is appreciated.






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Taken on July 8, 2015