Last Sunday I was wandering the streets of Soho, my favourite part of London when I spotted this really stylish guy in a stationery shop and decided I had to catch him for a portrait.
I quickly did an about turn so he would walk towards me (if he turned the way I thought most likely). When I stopped him to introduce myself he was absolutely lovely. I made a few portraits and explained it was part of my 100 Strangers project and told him how I was drawn to his style as he really stood out. Simon was delighted and told me that being stoped for the portrait was the highlight of his day - it was super to see how special a moment like this on the street can be and what a great impact it can have on the one person to of the thousands you was past that you approach to photograph.
Simon was a previous head of entertainment in a TV station but has since retired and now spends him time shopping and travelling. His net trip was off to Las Vegas (jealous much) to see his friend, Diana Ross (!!!) who s opening new show out there!
What a fantastic encounter -it made my Sunday special too!
Shot on a Leica M240 manual focus 50mm summicron lens, natural light with a pop of reflector fill.
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This is image 65/100 in my 4th set of images in my 100Strangers ongoing project.
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