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Stranger #258 - Avalon | by Peter Grifoni
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Stranger #258 - Avalon

We had been wandering for several hours looking for different places to find strangers and Sylvia had led the way in an area of the city that not even Neil knew very well. Among the amazing alley ways and lanes that we would discover we found a tattoo parlour that Sylvia had seen the previous day in the area. Sure enough as we turned the corner we found the sign and headed over. I followed Evan and Sylvia up to the first floor and discovered that there were several other businesses up there, one being a small café called Captains of Industry and that’s where we found Avalon. I say “we” because both Sylvia and I noticed here huge brown eyes, red lippy and 50’s style clothing but I wasn’t sure if she would approach her as she was working behind the counter of the café. A few minutes later when she was free I made my move (sorry Sylvia).


Avalon was reluctant at first and came out with the cliché “I don’t look good in photos" line, to which I said, “no problem, I have Photoshop”. I guess she had nowhere to go from there and eventually agreed to a very quick shoot. As we couldn’t leave the café, I had no choice but to sit her down at one of the tables facing a very large window. I switched lenses to the 25mm (equivalent 50mm focal length on a FF camera) due to the restricted space and fired 4 quick shots without a reflector.

Despite not having a choice in the background, I am reasonably pleased with how this turned out.


BTW… I do have Photoshop but never use it for this project but trust me when I say Avalon didn’t need it.


The second I pulled the camera away from my face Avalon was up and heading back but not before I asked her one question on whether or not this was her full time job, to which she said “Yes, and I love it here”.


I thanked her, handed her a card and we were done.


Thanks Avalon for being part of the project.


This picture is #258 in my 3rd round of The 100 Strangers Project.

You can see my 1st round of 100 Strangers photos here

Round 2 is here

Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page


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Taken on May 23, 2015