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Stranger #32

This is Hester.


If you look at my 100 Strangers set, you'll see that out of thirty-two strangers there are only five women. I know the reason why. It's because I don't like approaching women in case they think I'm some kind of weirdo-pervert. A weirdo-pervert who uses a plastic toy camera. That's me.


Out of the five women I've photographed, three of them (here, here, and here,) were with men / husbands / partners (so no fear of the women thinking I was making a move on them), one was by herself (but I was with my wife, which proved that I wasn't a weirdo-pervert. Or at least it proves that I'm a weirdo-pervert with a wife) and Hester was with a friend. In fact, I wouldn't have approached Hester, but she approached me first. She wanted me to take a photo, with her camera, of her and her friend. Should I have been suspicious that Hester was a weirdo-pervert? It never crossed my mind. But thinking about it now... no, that makes me sounds like a weirdo-pervert.


Anyway, Hester was at this year's Green Man Festival and was using some of her human energy to pedal one of the Sustrans bicycle powered phone chargers. Believe me, it takes a lot of human energy to charge a mobile phone.


An interesting fact about Hester? She's a charity fund raiser, who grew up wanting to 'make a difference.' I didn't find out much more about Hester as I did my 'I'm not really a weirdo-pervert' trick of just rambling on and on about nothing in particular in the vain hope that she'd think I was 'normal'. I realise now that it probably made me come across as an even weirder pervert, but I couldn't stop myself. Sorry Hester.


This picture is #32 in my 100 strangers project. See the rest of my 100 strangers pictures here. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page.


Taken at the Green Man Festival, Wales, on 19/08/2012

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Taken on September 20, 2012