100 Strangers : Round 3 : No. 205 : Honor by phil_howcroft

100 Strangers : Round 3 : No. 205 : Honor

On Wednesday, Ruby (that’s my Whippet dog) and I went a walk around along the Beeston to Nottingham Canal, from Castle Marina to Trent Bridge and back.

It was quite a dull day, not ideal for photography, but as we got to the Embankment and Trent Bridge, the low sun made a brief appearance.

I noticed a group of rowers by the boat clubs near the Forest football ground, so we walked across the bridge and down the side of the Trent.

As we got next to the group of rowers there were about seven female students in a group. I smiled and Ruby did her best dog “smile / hello” at which point the students all made a big fuss of Ruby …

“Awww she’s cute”
“What breed is she?”
“What’s her name?”
“She’s really friendly”
“I like her coat”
“She’s tiny”
“Awww look at her tail wag”
“How old is she?”

So I had a chat with them all about Ruby while she lapped up all the attention.

I then told them I was an amateur photographer doing a 100 strangers project and asked if any of them would like to be one of my strangers.

Honor from the group stepped forward.

Honor is a third year History student from Nottingham Trent University.

I asked her if she would stand by a burger stall. It was match night at the City Ground and the side of the River Trent is a magnet for burger vans and fast food stalls, serving the thousands of fans visiting the stadium. The invitation to stand by the stall raised quite a few laughs from the students.

I asked Honor what her job prospects would be like in the summer when she graduates. Honor told me she was hoping to get a job in media and music, maybe on local radio to start with.

She told me we would need to be quick doing the shoot as they could be “called to oars” any minute.

I showed Honor the photos and she said she looked good for a Saturday afternoon. I told her it was a Wednesday ! We both laughed (student life in Nottingham has a reputation for being good) !

Honor, thanks for being stranger 205 in my third round of 100 strangers. Good luck with your rowing and career after you graduate.

BTW : don’t you think that burger bar created a great backdrop?

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:

yes the backdrop seems very fitting for a sporting personality portrait. Works well. I enjoyed the narrative as usual.
January 25th, 2020  
Fabulous. I love your stories.
January 25th, 2020  
lovely portrait … I do like the background a lot, fits her happy, bright smile
January 26th, 2020  
Beautiful portrait and the spot with the quasi plain red background is very well chosen. Love that smile on Honor's face. I wonder what you would do without Ruby - she is able to attract anyone and convinces them to pose for you.
January 26th, 2020  
A lovely bright image to match that sunny smile !
January 26th, 2020  
A great portrait Phil. You have captured a wonderful smile and the backdrop works really well too. Good one!
January 26th, 2020  
@ellida thanks graham , glad you like this

@beryl it is a great smile beryl :)

@sangwann thanks Dione, Ruby has been a useful intro on some recent photos, but the majority of my strangers are just me and my camera :)

@lynnz thank you lynn, i am pleased you like this :)

@tinley23 thanks lesley, the story is an integral part of the project :)

@helenhall thanks helen , you have to act and think quick when you photograph strangers , the burger bar was a good find :)
January 26th, 2020  
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