Well, after a few months without shooting any strangers, I decided to pick up the camera and head out. I feel like I've been really busy, but in reality I guess I've just been putting my time into other things. Anyway, I was in the mood to kick on with my project, and to try out my new SIgma 24-70mm f2.8 lens on some stranger portraits, as I had only used it for snaps of the kids. The weather seemed to be dry and bright (which seems to have been a rarity recently), so I headed out to the city centre.
I didn't have that long, due to other commitments, and I spent the first 20 minutes or so wandering around, not seeing anyone that I really felt I wanted to approach, until I saw Chris standing outside a pub and smoking a cigarette.
Chris really stood out, both in the very cool shirt and braces combo, but also in his stylishly dishevelled look. I explained the project and he was happy to have some portraits taken, which was cool. I directed him a bit in terms of location and pose, and felt pretty happy with the shots that I got.
He came across as a very cool but confident character, and made me smile when he asked if he could do his hair before the photo, making sure it was messy in just the right way.
Chris is the manager of 'The Globe' pub in Leicester city centre, and tells me that it just opened 6 weeks ago. Before that he was assistant manager in another of Leicester's fine drinking venues.
He told me that 'The Globe' had a fine selection of whiskeys, and as tempted as I was, I had to put a rain-check on that one, but I will have to pop in and try them out. Would be rude not to…
Thanks for taking the time to chat and have some photos taken Chris, and I hope you like the shots.