100 Strangers : Round 2 : No. 199 : Kingston by phil_howcroft

100 Strangers : Round 2 : No. 199 : Kingston

On Saturday we went into Nottingham to do some Christmas Shopping. I also took time out to have a walk around Hockley with my camera looking for strangers.

I saw some young men wearing face masks, setting up a few posters. I knew one of them would be make a great stranger , so I went for a chat with them about their protest.

I am pleased to introduce Kingston to you, complete with his face mask. Kingston and his colleagues were raising awareness of the situation in Hong Kong.

Kingston comes from Hong Kong and is studying architecture at Uni’

Now we have a new government the students have drafted a letter to the government asking them to address eight key issues. Kingston also told me they would be canvassing local MP’s about the situation and the collective demands of the students.

I hope they are successful with their campaign, the new government doesn’t seem to have a policy about Hong Kong, other than do nothing about it.

The group had previously targeted the HSBC bank and had received a positive response from the public. They were holding a meeting at the Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery later that afternoon

I decided to post the image in mono as I think it gives the image a more urban , gritty feel and the message on Kingston’s hand held demands poster looks better in mono than colour.

Thanks for being strangers number 199 Kingston, I hope you had a good reception from the people of Nottingham for your protest.

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:

Excellent in B&W. This has a particularly fine grain. Were you unnerved by the mask? I think it would have disturbed me, even if I support his policies.
December 15th, 2019  
@allie912 Allison, I guessed they were students, in an open public place, so the mask was just their way of telling the public the demonstration was in solidarity with their contemporaries in Hong Kong
December 15th, 2019  
A super mono edit , and an excellent choice for the subject that mask being pov in this capture !
December 15th, 2019  
@beryl thanks beryl , i was pleased with the mono conversion and the subject too :)
December 15th, 2019  
Well done in B& W.
December 16th, 2019  
This is a fabulous shot, so evocative. They really are having troubled times in Hong Kong.
December 16th, 2019  
very nice
December 16th, 2019  
Impressive capture and I agree that it looks best in mono. I sympathise with the people of Hong kong. Sometimes I think they were let down by the U.K.
December 16th, 2019  
These students & residents of Hong Kong are so brave challenging the government at every point. You do worry for them but they seem determined, hope they continue to demonstrate safely. Nice capture Phil.
December 16th, 2019  
December 17th, 2019  
Mono is a good choice, I think. Upsetting to see the scenes in Hong Kong on TV. No. 200 next Phil!!
December 18th, 2019  
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