100 Strangers : Round 3 : No. 260 : Ami by phil_howcroft

100 Strangers : Round 3 : No. 260 : Ami

We went to Nottingham today for a family meal with our daughters, their husbands and our granddaughter Willow. The first time the adults have all met up in a restaurant for probably 18 months.

Before we met up we did a bit of shopping and I went off to do a bit of street photography. It was pretty quiet on the streets and I was struggling for stranger photos.

One of Nottingham’s premiere tattoo studios resides up a tiny little yard off Pelham Street. As I walked past the yard I glanced up and saw two people chatting. Two people chatting outside a tattoo studio set my stranger radar (strangerdar) flickering (see what I did there) and so I decided to walk up the yard to approach them, camera in hand. They were both deep in conversation and I lingered around a bit an decided the moment had gone, so I started to walk away, however, I hear a voice saying “Oh right, bye then”, so I turned around and introduced myself as an amateur street photographer and asked Ami if she would let me photograph her for my strangers project.

As you can see Ami said “Yes” to my request. I asked Ami if she was a resident tattoo artist at the studio. Ami told me she was actually a tattoo remover. I said that seemed a little sad, removing a piece of art. Ami uses Laser Tattoo Removal technology to remove a tattoo.

I did some straight on shots, using the narrow yard to frame Ami.

Ami was wearing a long sleeved top with see through sleeves, but your couldn’t really see her tattoos through the top, so I asked her what would be the best way to showcase her tattoos. “I could roll the sleeves up” said Ami. “Perfect” I replied and as you can we collaborated to produce a striking portrait. I think Ami has some fabulous tattoos

I took quite a few shots of Ami and this is the one I liked best. We exchanged cards and I told Ami I would send her some photos of the shoot. I am going to share a couple more on this photostream as they really are cracking photos.

Sony A7 and Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD, post processed in GIMP
Ami is a lovely young woman with quite a bit of ink! Well done, Phil.
June 2nd, 2021  
Nice face. I think she should use her laser technique on herself. Fav
June 2nd, 2021  
Now that is a lot of ink. I have two small ones and waited until I was 65 to get the first one. I admire you for being able to walk up to folks and ask for a picture. I would love to do some street photography but am not very good about asking.
June 2nd, 2021  
Great capture
June 3rd, 2021  
Great capture and a lovely face , and like @caterina I also think she should use her laser technique on herself - imagine how it will look when she is in her 70s and 80s !!!!!!!!!!!
June 3rd, 2021  
Forgive me but I don't like tattoos on anybody especially on females. They are attractive enough without tattoos. But that seems to be the trend among the youngsters so I have to accept it. Having said that she has some lovely artwork on her arm which you have captured handsomely.
June 3rd, 2021  
Nice stranger shot
June 3rd, 2021  
Admire your courage.It can be quite daunting approaching / asking strangers for a photo. I guess with 260 shots under your belt you are getting pretty accustomed to it.Is this a private challenge or is it part of 365 - looks fun.
June 3rd, 2021  
She looks very proud of her tattoos & she’s such a pretty girl who doesn’t need extra adornment in my opinion but it’s her choice...glad she is available when people change their minds though. A great shot & you are a fab street photographer!
June 3rd, 2021  
When I see a person with so much tattooing done I wonder if they'll regret it as they get older, especially the people who have facial tattoos done. Another good stranger shot Phil.
June 3rd, 2021  
Well done Phil, this is a cracking shot. You are so brave to approach people. Love the smile
June 3rd, 2021  
Her ink is stunning! This is a wonderful shot - I love her expression and the framing.
June 8th, 2021  
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