100 Strangers : Round 2 : No. 171 : Rachel by phil_howcroft

100 Strangers : Round 2 : No. 171 : Rachel

My opening line to Rachel was "Can I have some poo bags?", slightly different then my normal approach about being an amateur photographer wanting to take a picture of them !!!

Let me explain , Rachel is part of Gedling Borough Councils Neighbourhood Warden team . The team had a public information stall at the Arnold Carnival at the weekend.

The team deal with issues such as fly tipping , stray dogs , dog foiling , , vandalism, anti social behaviour etc.

That's why I asked for some poo bags, as an introduction / ice breaker. My wife had seen the team giving poo bags away and suggested I go and get some as some members of the team might make a good stranger.

I got into a conversation with Rachel about stray dogs, telling her about how we had found some strays one Sunday afternoon when the council offices were closed .

Rachel has been a neighbourhood warden for almost eight years.

After our conversation about dogs, it was quite easy to get Rachel to pose for me .

I asked her to stand by the side of a marquee / tent, but it was a little cramped and I could not avoid the witness blackboard behind her , but I think that probably helps tell the story. Rachel laughed after the shoot saying I should have come "next week" as she would have had her "hair done" by then :)

This is another stranger photo with my Industar И-61 53mm f2.8 vintage lens

Post processed in Rawtherapee and GIMP.

Thanks for being stranger number 171 Rachel, I will lookout for you when I am out and about in Arnold.

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:

Great immediacy to this portrait. Your 6000 is doing a fine job.
June 21st, 2019  
Excellent photo Phil, for a minute then I thought I knew Rachel but reales it’s not who I thought it was....it would be funny if we did know one of your subjects though!
June 21st, 2019  
Well done with Rachel's portrait. So many conversations that you would never have had if it weren't for the 100 strangers project.
June 21st, 2019  
Nice and natural photo of her - she would be much valued in your community!
June 23rd, 2019  
Another happy, relaxed, smiling stranger!
June 25th, 2019  
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