Stranger than life

Updated: May 15, 2018

A few months ago I took up the 100 Strangers challenge from the Flickr group. I will be posting a number of blogs based on the work I did for this. It is incredibly invigorating, if a little daunting. Highly recommended if you want to develop your photography with people.


Meet Daniel the Builder, my very first stranger in the 100 Strangers project. I saw Daniel sitting on a concrete bench in the distance and his orange hard hat and vest caught my eye. He was clearly a member of the team working on a building project near the station in #Nottingham but I wondered why he was just sitting there. So I approached and thought I'd ask if he would mind being snapped. I introduced myself and explained what 100 Strangers was but it had little impact since Daniel had not heard of flickr. I told him my name and he revealed his own. He looked a little downcast, or perhaps he had been bored with his job which involved ensuring nobody strayed into the building site. Or maybe he was just surprised by my request to take a portrait and then having a camera stuck in his face. Being my very first stranger I was careful not to push my luck too far so after I had a few shots I bid Daniel good day and was on my way.

I think the orange in Daniel's gear and the burnt brick background work quite well together. Perhaps framing Daniel with the building site in the background might have been more appropriate but I think this was a prettier backdrop. Clearly I am person who sometimes values style over substance - I hope I don't make a habit of it though.

This picture is #1 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the <a href="">100 Strangers Flickr Group page</a>

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