100 Strangers - 12/100 Maleeka
Maleeka cut a striking figure wandering around the back streets of Kyoto. I had passed her a couple of times before I struck up a conversation with her. It turned out she was from East London and on a short 6 day whistle stop tour of Japan. After having lived abroad for sometime now, it was nice to meet a fellow Londoner. She was easy going and keen to take part in the project. She had a wonderful East London accent.
She really got into it and took off her jacket "for full effect" - even though it was cold and windy outside. There was nowhere to pose her as we were in a narrow street with many shoppers and tourists. So I decided just to put her right in the center of the street and try to blur the background as much as possible. I also moved her into the light to try and highlight her a little more.
As well as background and light, another consideration is time. I try to be as quick as possible because the moment can soon wear off, and peoples expressions become less natural. Also I feel aware of taking people's time. So far I have found that the first or second shot usually have the best expressions.
I am not sure I have done Maleeka justice - she really was a stunning woman with a lovely oval face. We exchanged phone numbers and I have forwarded her copies of the photos. Something I have noticed with this project is that westeners are far more into it than the Japanese and Chinese I have spoken to.
This picture is my twelfth submission in the 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at 100 Strangers Flickr Group page www.flickr.com/groups/100strangers/
This is also my twelfth submission to the Human Family Group, which can be found here: www.flickr.com/groups/thehumanfamily/