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Stranger #2 - Rosie | by Miguel Castanys
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Stranger #2 - Rosie

This picture is #2 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page

 

After my first stranger, everything looked much easier. Fears out. I walked to Covent Garden and looked for my stranger #2. I spent there around half an hour with lots of people coming and going, but I didn't find what I was looking for (nothing too specific though, it just had to catch my eye).

 

I approached an Asian guy with a gorgeous hat, but he told me very politely that he was in a rush as his teacher was waiting for him. I continued walking through the streets around when I spotted a funny situation. A girl with huge nerdy glasses dropped some books and folders while another girl was filming it. I didn't hesitate and asked her for a picture.

 

I explained the 100 Strangers project to Rosie, it was so obvious why I wanted her in it. She accepted immediately and she told me she was filming a video about stereotypes (she performed a nerd role) for a project. She is studying something related with audiovisual stuff (do not remember the exact title she told me). I would have loved talking more with Rosie and her friends, but I felt that I was interrupting their filming, so after taking some pictures of her, I thanked and left.

 

I know that it is unforgivable that I did not capture that gorgeous bow tie or her beautiful smile in this picture, but if one word can describe the encounter, I think that is embarrassment, on both parts. I felt so out of my comfort zone approaching strangers and asking them for pictures; and I guess that everybody feels out of their comfort zone dressed like that :)

 

Anyway, I love the expression of her face in this one.

 

Thank you very much Rosie for being my #2 stranger. Hope you like the picture.

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Taken on February 18, 2012