100 Strangers : Round 3 : No. 283 : Barry by phil_howcroft

100 Strangers : Round 3 : No. 283 : Barry

This is Barry, who was admiring my Sony A7 dangling around my neck.

So we had a discussion about cameras, lenses and photography. Barry is a Nikon user and has never changed brand.

Barry told me he was from Newark, so I asked Barry what he was doing in Nottingham. Barry told me he was going to John Lewis to look for cutlery.

“Have a look at the geek section too”I told him (that’s TV’s , Camera’s, Radios, Tablets, Speakers, Smart Speakers etc) “Although last time I looked they were desperately short on stock in the camera section”

Barry told me he had just been to London Camera Exchange and they were having difficult getting stock.

I asked Barry what he did prior to his retirement. Barry told me he did some guest lecturing at Nottingham Trent Uni’. When I asked what he taught he told me “Design”. I said “Design” was a very generic subject and asked what area of Design. “Visual Design” was Barry’s reply.

Barry told me he ran a Design Practice in London prior to retiring. He designed The Sunday Times newspaper, working closely with the editors of the various sections. He told me he had worked with Andrew Neil and got on very well with him.

A tram then passed us by and Barry said he loved the design of the latest trams. I agreed that they were rather beautiful. Barry told me whenever he comes to Nottingham, he always ensures he has a ride on a tram.

Barry was pleased to take part in my project, telling me he wasn’t used to having his photo taken. I took some photos (it was a dull grey morning) and gave Barry a card for him to contact me for some photos. I’ve had an email tonight and sent some photos to Barry. I said I might do some Black and White photos of him and Barry said that was good as he liked Black and White.

Thanks for taking part in my Strangers project Barry, I hope you found your cutlery.
What a great portrait! I like the fact that Barry looked straight at the camera. He is smiling at us. The B&W is prefect.
October 28th, 2021  
Love you narrative about Barry , you have a gift to talk with people. And the portrait is good !
October 28th, 2021  
Marvelous stranger portrait! Barry sounds like someone I could talk for hours and hours with. Did you invite him to 365 Project???
October 28th, 2021  
Great portrait and story to go with it
October 29th, 2021  
Excellent portrait! He looks very much like an American character actor, John Mahoney https://images.app.goo.gl/RW43hjp9M2Us65ka8
October 29th, 2021  
Lovely relaxed portrait
October 29th, 2021  
A lovely shot - you have captured the friendly relaxed character so well -- and good in b/w ! fav
October 29th, 2021  
Fav. What a great portrait and what a handsome face to be the subject. I really loved reading your story.
October 29th, 2021  
Wonderful portrait and what a creative way to both photograph and meet new people. It’s something I would like to try but am reluctant to do it.
October 29th, 2021  
A super happy portrait. He looks very happy to be one of your strangers
October 29th, 2021  
I think Barry will approve of this portrait Phil. I can imagine how you both enjoyed that meeting & the chat that followed.
October 29th, 2021  
Another super portrait.Do all photographers make good models?
October 29th, 2021  
Interesting how everyone you report as being unused to having their photo taken or not much liking it, looks at ease and natural. Says a lot about your ability to make people feel comfortable I think.
Barry certainly looks very comfortable (mind you, I bet the mutual geekery fest helped that along in this instance ;-D ). Another well made portrait to add to the portfolio.
October 30th, 2021  
Lovely portrait. Barry seems like such an interesting chap.
October 31st, 2021  
Fav for a lovely natural portrait. I have not regained my enthusiasm for stranger portraiture yet but maybe once securely back on my own two feet, I can start again in a small way. Whatever happens I'm grateful for what I've had and to you for introducing me to it, thanks Phil.
November 2nd, 2021  
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