100 Strangers : Round 3 : No. 206 : Francesca by phil_howcroft

100 Strangers : Round 3 : No. 206 : Francesca

On Saturday we went into Nottingham for some shopping and lunch. I went off looking for strangers for an hour before lunch. The city was pretty quite and my usual haunts, Hockley and the Lace Market didn’t prove successful. I decided to explore a new area of town and went up towards the castle.

As I approached Maid Marion way, I noticed hundreds of people queuing to go into St. Nicholas’ church. I thought it might be a special service, but when I looked closer it was a “Vintage Clothes Sale”. The offer was fill a bag full of clothes, £15 per kilogram in weight.

I saw two young women in sat in a doorway just down the street from the church. They had several big bags with them, so I assumed they had just been to the sale.

I went over to them (Emma and Francesca) and asked them if they had been to the sale. They had indeed been to the sale and had bagged some good bargains. £80 pounds worth of bargains ! Although it was free to enter the sale, they had bought a £1-00 early bird ticket, which guaranteed them early entry to jump the queues and bag the best bargains ! They had travelled from Mansfield to go to the sale.

We had a chat about what type of clothing they had bought and they showed me some nice fluffy coats.

I had walked across to them with my camera in hand, so I then asked if I could photograph them for my 100 strangers project. They both said yes. I said could I photograph them individually and they both agreed. I shot Emma first and then Francseca.

So meet Francesca, before I started to photographing her she asked me If I was on “Purple Port” (that’s a web portal where models and photographers collaborate together for photoshoots). I told her I wasn’t but I knew some photographers who were on it. Francesca told me she was on Purple Port and showed me some photos on her phone. “They are only photos from the back of the camera, I’m in lingerie, are you OK with that?”. She told me who the photographer was, but I had not heard of him.

I took quite a few photos of Francesca. She was really interested in my 100 strangers project , so I showed her and Emma some of my strangers on my phone. She was impressed with the diversity of strangers and the stories I was telling her about them. “If you want a back story for me, I’ve just returned from 3 months VSO in Kenya (Voluntary Service Overseas). I was helping children with special needs”.

I gave Francesca my card and she gave me her email and mobile phone number.

She said she wished she had put some make up on, but i told her she looked fine as she was and besides this was urban street photography not studio work.

I was struggling getting catchlights in her brown eyes as it was a dull day. I got them in Emma’s blue eyes. I actually used fill in flash on a few pics, but the pop up flash on the Sony A6000 can be a bit harsh. The image I posted is with natural light and there is just a hint of catchlights.

I showed Francesca the images and she liked them and said she would love to receive some.

So that the story of the meeting. My next stranger is Emma :)

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 portrait
January 27th, 2020  
That's awesome that you're onto round 3. You must meet some really interesting people doing this. Lucky you found two young ladies both willing to be photographed! Great shot.
January 27th, 2020  
I like her expression!
January 27th, 2020  
Well what an interesting story Phil....you never know the background to people until you speak to them. Who would have thought you would have learnt all that!
She has a lovely tawny look accentuated by that warm coat...sounds like they were both canny shoppers! My granddaughter went to a vintage clothes sale in Lancaster recently...they tour the bigger towns ...it’s very popular with young & older!
January 27th, 2020  
Great shot and a great story - she looks quite a determined young lady !
January 27th, 2020  
What an interesting story. She looks quite thoughtful in this shot and obviously likes fluffy coats!
January 27th, 2020  
Thanks for the information, always adds a little something to the shot when you tell the story behind its capture.
January 27th, 2020  
Beautiful shot - as always. An interesting story to go with it, too.
January 27th, 2020  
A lovely shot, impeccable detail as always, but I especially like the totally relaxed look that Francesca is giving.
January 27th, 2020  
nice portrait and Francesca has a eco-responsible behaviour !
January 28th, 2020  
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