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Stranger 77/100 'Jim'

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posted by Leanne Boulton alias Leanne Boulton on Tuesday 11th of June 2019 03:23:19 PM

© Leanne Boulton, All Rights Reserved Posed street portrait taken for my 100 Strangers project in Glasgow, Scotland. This picture is #77 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page I saw Jim sitting on a concrete bollard and decided to approach, knowing that his interesting look would make for a great portrait. I simply told him that I was "out making street portraits today" and he told me that he couldn't afford it - you would be surprised how many people assume that you are asking for money! Once I explained that he gets a free portrait and I get some free on-location portrait practice, he was more than happy to go ahead. I captured Jim in-situ, on the bollard, as I liked the light and background where he was and shot from both directions for some variety, including a rather intense close-up which I will post another time. All using natural light only and asking Jim to move his arms into quite a strange pose in order to narrow his shoulders down in the final image - he was happy to do this. Jim was passing time with some people watching before meeting up with his partner later, he told me that he never imagined his face to be photogenic. Telling me that he had broken his nose at least four times but only mentioning one time where he had fallen over drunk, I can't imagine what the other breakages were caused by. Only after the brief shoot had I noticed that just before meeting Jim, a seagull had deposited a huge mess over my camera bag and down the back of my shoulder - they do say that it is lucky you know! Given the number of gulls, pigeons and starlings zipping around Glasgow I am surprised that this is the first time I ever got hit! I thanked Jim and with him unable to find his email address on his mobile phone, I gave him my details and card and will gladly share the images if or when he gets in touch. Thank you for taking a few moments out of your day Jim, and for pulling some funny poses with your arms to sharpen up the image somewhat. Enjoy!

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