100 Strangers : Round 2 : No. 149 : Ioana by phil_howcroft

100 Strangers : Round 2 : No. 149 : Ioana

We went to Nottingham today for some Sunday Lunch.

Jane went to get her "eyebrows done" and I had a wander around some of my favourite stranger locations.

As I was walking through the Lace Market I saw Ioana with two of her friends. I was struck by Ioana's fabulous hair colour, but they were a considerable distance in front of me , so I sort of wrote off the possibility of a stranger picture.

However, as I walked into the grounds of St. Mary's church I saw Ioana with her white Pentax DSLR taking pictures of the church, so I went over to her and introduced myself.

Ionana agreed straight away to be part of my strangers project and I asked her to stand by the beautiful stone wall of the church, as I knew it would be a great backdrop. I also asked her to look over her right shoulder as that was looking towards towards a soft sunny sky and would therefore guarantee me some catchlights.

Ioana is a 2nd year Fashion Design student and Coventry University. She was visiting Nottingham for the day.

Ioana had a lovely accent and I asked her what it was. Ioana told me it was a Romanian accent.

I showed Ioana my camera and told her it was a Sony A6000. Iona told me she knew what it was and she really liked it.

Ionana asked me where she could find my pics, so I gave her a contact card.

We shook hands and she made her way back to her friends. I waved to her friends and thanked them for waiting.

I really like this photo, it is a striking portrait and Ioana has beautiful photogenic eyes.

The photo was edited in Rawtherapee and GIMP.

Thanks for being stranger 149 Ioana, I hope you like this photo when you see it. Good luck with your Fashion degree.

To find out more about the 100 Strangers project and see pictures taken by other photographers, look at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page


My own strangers can be seen here:

Terrific portrait Phil, the backward glance is perfect as is the way the picture's off centre. Love the hair!
November 18th, 2018  
@fbailey thanks felicity the , a female portrait always works well over the right shoulder rather than the left , so one of my friends tells me :)
November 18th, 2018  
You are getting good at positioning people for good portraits! ps - what happens when you have only got half an eyebrow?
November 18th, 2018  
Ioana looks great here Phil, you have got a great eye for a pose too!
November 18th, 2018  
Definitely unique!
November 18th, 2018  
A great shot Phil and what hair = you couldn't miss the blue locks ! What amaze me was to see those beautiful brown eyes !
November 18th, 2018  
fabulous hair, Ioana!
November 19th, 2018  
A striking portrait and I must remember that look over the right shoulder....
November 19th, 2018  
This is one of your best portrait shots, Phil. I really like it - Iona seems to be popping out of the computer screen to shake hands. The hair colour is striking, too. You manage to find the most wonderful subjects for your strangers series. Fav.
November 19th, 2018  
Great portrait Phil both artistically and technically.
November 19th, 2018  
Her beautiful eyes actually drew me more than the hair, they are entrancing. Lovely portrait, Phil, fav.
November 19th, 2018  
Great framing of lines behind your model...and ditto to Richard Sayer. I also like how much room you allow her and still feel close.
November 19th, 2018  
Great portrait I would never have the courage to do a 100 strangers project so kudos to you :)
November 20th, 2018  
@rjb71 once you start a strangers project you grow in confidence and then it becomes a bit of a habit !!!!

@granagringa thank for your lovely words of appreciation :)

@ivan you are right ivan , Iona's eyes are just superb

@vignouse Richard thanks for the very positive wprds :)

@sangwann best ever dione , that;s a big accolade my friend :)

@quietpurplehaze I've used the right shoulder a few times Haze :)

@lynnz it is indeed Lynn :)

@beryl Beryl , I'm pleased you spotted the deep brown eyes :)

@allie912 Ioana makes quite a striking statement Allison :) . I have an interesting gentleman stranger to post next which I am sure you will appreciate :)

@happypat thank you Pat, I only know a few poses !!!

@maggiemae thanks maggie, not too sure about what you mean re' the one eyebrow
November 21st, 2018  
It's great that you make such a link with your portrait subjects. It makes it all sound so open and natural. It's a beautifully lit shot of Ioana.
November 22nd, 2018  
Very nice portrait of Loana , I love her hair , I will never do it but love people who dare doing things differently !
December 2nd, 2018  
@ellida thanks graham for your thoughtful comment especially regarding how I approach and speak to my strangers :)

@cocobella thank you Corrine, I just had to ask Iona for a photo with hair so vibrant
December 2nd, 2018  
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