100 Strangers : Round 2 : No. 103 : Jay by phil_howcroft

100 Strangers : Round 2 : No. 103 : Jay

It has been Nottingham Mela this weekend, with the event finale taking part at Nottingham Castle.

Nottingham's annual South Asian celebration is the oldest Mela in the country and has been running since 1988.

We went to the castle and I was hoping I could find a stranger to continue my second round of 100 strangers.

Meet Jay, who I saw walking around the castle, looking very cool with his striking outfit , hair and glasses.

As Jay walked down the hill from the castle towards the bandstand, I stopped Jay and introduced myself as an amateur photographer doing a project on street photography, photographing strangers.

Jay was pleased to take part in the project.

I told Jay I wanted a none cluttered background and as I looked around the castle grounds I noticed a Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue information stall,. When i say stall it was a big red wagon / lorry and thought it would make a good backdrop.

"Do you mind moving over towards the red fire and rescue stall, I think it will be good against your outfit?"

"OK, I will go with your colour combo, if you think Red and Purple works"

"Yes, I think it will work well. What's with your purple outfit ? What's it all about ?"

"Today I am the Purple Prince"

"Purple Prince?"

"Yes, I am actually the compère for todays events. You can find out about me in the programme" (The programme told me that Jay is a choreographer and Dancer)

So we walk over behind the wagon and I am pleased to see it is all red (I was worried it might not be !!!)

So I ask Jay to stand by the vehicle and direct which way he looks,

Jay struck up quite a few poses and was easy to photograph.

I showed Jay some of the pics and he seemed quite impressed.

I asked Jay how he got the job of compère and he said it was down to his friend's Dad (and pointed towards his friend), who had appeared with his iphone camera and was obviously impressed by my choice of backdrop.

So I shook Jay;s hand and gave him one of my little cards.

"I'll email you for the pics Phil " said Jay

When I reviewed the shots on the back of the camera I was pleased with the results.

I've edited this image in Darktable and I am really pleased to post Jay as stranger 103 in my second round of 100 strangers

This picture is number 103 in my second round of my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page


My own strangers can be seen here:

this a fantastic portrait Phil - your choice of backdrop for Jay is perfect
September 11th, 2017  
oh - and Prince - the singer - came straight to mind when I saw Jay
September 11th, 2017  
A super portrait , Phil , he certainly knows how to pose and yet look quite natural. Yes you chose well in the red backdrop -- GREAT
September 11th, 2017  
He looks like a character. Love his outfit against that wall!
September 11th, 2017  
Great image. He's certainly a colorful character and the backdrop works really well.
September 11th, 2017  
Fav. Another fantastic portrait Phil. Jay looks like he's enjoying it. Great publicity for him.
September 11th, 2017  
Another good one, Phil and the colours just remind me of that poem 'When I am an old woman I shall wear purple and a red hat.' (Purple Haze meets Purple Prince!!!!!!!!!!!)
September 11th, 2017  
Awesome shot
September 11th, 2017  
He looks and sounds like someone who is comfortable performing. The purple/red combo is just right for the extrovert I'm guessing he may be. Love the hint of cheekiness in the expression and those retro-frame shades. Nice one, Phil.
September 11th, 2017  
Mauve against red...great colour combination, Phil, suits him.
September 12th, 2017  
September 12th, 2017  
good shout re "Prince" Annie @annied

@beryl thank you beryl, glad you like this portrait

@kwind thanks , that red fire brigade trick made a great backdrop

@nickspicsnz thanks Nick :) much appreciated

@sangwann cheer Dione, I am pleased with this shot

@quietpurplehaze Oh yes Haze, that poem :) , glad Purple Haze likes Purple Prince :)

@kerristephens thanks Kerri

@dulciknit you are right Alison, the retro frames are an added bonus to this shot

@ivan Ivan, thank you for your visit and observation

@sailingmusic thanks Myrna :)
September 12th, 2017  
great background for this and I really like the off-center tilt...wish I could tag along with you on an outing!
September 16th, 2017  
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