Stranger #23: WPC
See my first set here: Bomvu's 100 Strangers"
Here's a stranger picture that I've had on my bucket list for quite a while now. I've wanted to photograph a WPC in uniform.
The Met are always subject to plenty of controversy but people are quick to forget what they're about. These are people who work very hard to try to help people, keep the peace and provide security for the vast majority of people. Like the rest of us, they are people and I admire their efforts greatly.
I also have a bit of a thing for women in uniform!
I didn't think it right to include a name with this picture and I didn't even ask it. I spotted her walking with a colleague in Covent Garden. It was very crowded and busy so I didn't try to frame a shot but went for a head and shoulders composition and shot slightly below her eye line. This was partly to keep people out of the background and partly a trick used in 'corporate' portraiture to convey a sense of authority and seriousness.
She was not the first WPC that I've approached for this project but while all have been very polite and nice, she was the first to agree to a picture.
When I showed her the picture she laughed and said that she hated it. I handed her a card and thanked her and let her get on with her job.
One of the reasons that I like living in the UK is because we have such a great society where one can approach and photograph a friendly police officer like this. There are a lot of places in the world where one would not dream of doing such a thing.
Thanks so much to you, wonderful friendly police lady, I hope you look at this and I hope you like it a little better than you did when you saw it on the camera.