100 Strangers : Round 3 : No. 221 : Gabby, Nessa and Rosanna by phil_howcroft

100 Strangers : Round 3 : No. 221 : Gabby, Nessa and Rosanna

I went for a walk into the city with Ruby (my little whippet dog) today. The first time the two of us have ventured together into the city since lockdown. I’ve been with Ruby and my wife a couple of times, but this was just me and Ruby.

I took my 35mm prime lens and Sony A7 to do some street photography. We walked through the Arboretum and then towards Nottingham Trent University. As we approached the grandeur of the Arkwright building I noticed some young ladies taking photographs outside the closed gates with their mobile phones. They were all dressed immaculately in nice dresses and outfits.

I asked them if they were fashion students doing a photoshoot.

They told me this was their “graduation”. The final exams results were published today and as there was no official graduation due to Covid-19, they were creating the mood and atmosphere of “graduation day” by taking photos by the main building, dressed in beautiful outfits.

“Did you all Pass?” , I asked. I was met with big smiles and a chorus of “Yes”.

I wasn’t too far off when I asked if they were Fashion student as they had all studied Fashion related degree courses including Fashion Design. They all laughed when I asked them if the clothes they were wearing had been designed by themselves.

I showed them my camera, explaining I was an amateur photographer and I offered to take some photos of them together. I introduced myself and Ruby and then took some photos against the locked gates (there was no access to the grounds, unless you climbed over the wall!).

The girls took up natural poses without any direction from me. As you can see from the photo, they all knew how to pose.

I asked them if there would be a formal graduation ceremony. They said possibly Spring 2021. The actual graduation hall was just across the road from the gates.

I felt a little sad for the girls. They were all overseas students and missing out on sharing the excitement of results day with other students.

I asked them all their names. I think I captured them all correct and ordered them as they appear in the photo. I typed them into my mobile phone, but google mail sometimes auto corrects / guesses words / names as you type them in.

I think the photo has worked really well as all the colours of the young ladies hair and outfits compliment the colours of the gate and buildings. I’ve also done some mono photos of the shot which also works well.

Gabby, Nessa and Rosanna, thank you for allowing me to photograph you all, I wish you well for the future as you start your careers and life after University.

To 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:


You made them look like fashion models! You did a great job for Gabby, Nessa and Rosanna! FAV! May I pin it?
July 3rd, 2020  
@marlboromaam Maggie , thanks , yes you may
July 3rd, 2020  
I do like the coordination of the colors and tones.
July 3rd, 2020  
Pretty subjects, good backdrop, lovely story!
July 3rd, 2020  
@phil_howcroft Thank you - pinned!
July 3rd, 2020  
July 3rd, 2020  
classy ladies
July 3rd, 2020  
Fav. I adore your project. Don't think I will be able to approach strangers for photos. Well done fav.
July 3rd, 2020  
Very pretty capture of the three beautiful models very elegantly dressed. You seem to be at to find great models for your portraits. Or is it Ruby that finds them for you, hehe.
July 3rd, 2020  
Three in one go!! That's a bonus. But how could you resist such a group!
July 3rd, 2020  
Fashion students - that explains a lot in terms of those outfits and shoes. I do feel for graduates this year, all that celebration that normally happens just not allowed. Congratulations to them all and a lovely portrait to honour the moment.
July 3rd, 2020  
What lovely girls they are & looking so stylish & smart. I think they were so lucky to have you come along just when they needed a professional photographer ...perfect timing!
Yes I agree all these virtual graduations are not up to scratch at all. After all that studying it’s a poor end.
July 3rd, 2020  
@happypat thanks Pat, the girls haven't contacted me yet for the photos !

@casablanca Casa' thank you , the outfits and shoes are fabulous, I am really pleased with this shot

@ellida thanks graham, it was an unexpected find on my walk through the city

@sangwann thanks Dione, I find the strangers , but I think Ruby helps in that she makes me look more friendly :)

@sdutoit thank you sylvia, I am pleased you like my project and also these young ladies :)

@lynnz you are right lynn :)

@pdulis thaanks Peter :)
July 3rd, 2020  
@allie912 thanks allison it does indeed work well :)

@fbailey thanks felicity , I am pleased you like the shot :)
July 3rd, 2020  
Be sure that they will remember that day because of you and your photo shoot session , thanks for them !
July 12th, 2020  
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