100 Strangers : Round 3 : No. 214 : Matthew (vintage Helios 44M-4 lens) by phil_howcroft

100 Strangers : Round 3 : No. 214 : Matthew (vintage Helios 44M-4 lens)

This is my second stranger from Friday. This is Matthew who I photographed immediately after photographing Abbie (stranger 213)

Just like Abbie, Matthew is a second year student at Nottingham Trent University, studying Broadcasting and Media. Matthew and Abbie, along with Leah (who didn’t want to be photographed) were in the park photographing “weather” as part of a practical task. Matthew said he was looking for signs of Spring, “Flowers” , “Buds” etc. I pointed Matthew and his colleagues to a beautiful blossom tree on the bank near the bandstand as a possible subject to photograph.

Matthew comes from Luton, which he described as “a town near London”. I told Matthew I knew were it was as I’d been there watching my football team play !

I asked Matthew what his job prospects were once he graduated. Matthew said it would be difficult as a lot of jobs in Broadcasting tended to depend on who you know rather than what you know.

Before I took Matthew’s photo, he handed Ruby’s lead to Abbie, so she could look after her. If Ruby is with me I normally shoot with my camera in one hand and Ruby’s lead in the other, so it was nice to have two hands free, especially as I was manually focussing with the vintage Helios lens

Thanks for allowing me to photograph you Matthew (and Abbie), good luck with your projects and degree course.

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:

Another fabulous portrait
March 1st, 2020  
A super shot of a very open and friendly face -
March 1st, 2020  
Like the same angle here too Phil
March 1st, 2020  
I like the angle and his beautiful blue eyes !
March 2nd, 2020  
Very appealing image. Fascinated by what you said on Abbie's picture about the angle of the eyes. I shall try and remember that!
March 2nd, 2020  
What a wonderful smile he gave you for your portrait shot. Another fantastic shot, Phil.
March 2nd, 2020  
I was sorry to hear of his job prospect outlook...a sad state of affairs. He looks a happy confidant young man love the way he leans back....I wonder what this body language means?
March 2nd, 2020  
A great warm portrait. The blue coat is so vivid and seems to bring out the color in his eyes. Nice natural smile too. You must have put him at his ease.
March 3rd, 2020  
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