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Stranger #25 – Shayna

Posted by Caz on Saturday, 25th February 2012

Stranger #25 - Shayna

Meet Shayna

I enjoyed the outing to Portobello Market on a photoshoot with the London Flickr Meetups group today. Shayna was one of the other people who came along – I had not met her before but we enjoyed chatting from time to time during our walkabout. She is an American, hailing from New York, who moved to London 25 years ago to run a shop in Portobello Road. She is now an Attitude Adjuster. What a fantastic job description! Thanks for your company Shayna, it was great to meet you.

Stranger #24 – Michelle

Posted by Caz on Saturday, 25th February 2012

Stranger #24 - Michelle

Meet Michelle

Today I went to Portobello Market on a photoshoot with the London Flickr Meetups group. I met Michelle in the market, selling delicious home-made cupcakes at her stall. She is a professionally-trained chef, but since becoming a mum she has been running her own business, Minklez catering. She has had a stall in the market for about three years and loves the vibrancy of meeting people there. I bought one of her baby cupcakes – which was delicious! Thanks for taking the time to chat, Michelle – I wish I could bake half as well as you!

Stranger #23 – Johnnie

Posted by Caz on Monday, 20th February 2012

Stranger #23 - Johnnie

Meet Johnnie

I seem to have neglected my Strangers again recently; the last was in November when I met Lucia. Today I went to do some street photography with friends from GNPC. We visited Columbia Road Flower Market, Spitalfields and Brick Lane in London – all great opportunities for people watching. On our way down Brick Lane, this dapper gent was merrily dancing along the pavement to some rap music. He was soon joined by a couple of other guys who seemed to know him and they looked like they were having a great time. My picture of the trio made it for Day #1511. But afterwards, I thought he was too good a character to pass up, so I managed to have a quick word with him. His name is Johnnie Walker and he lives locally to Brick Lane.  He initially introduced himself by saying “I’m nobody” – but then concurred that he was, at least, a pretty snappy dresser! He is often to be seen in the area and loves the East End and its friendly inhabitants. It was great to see someone who appeared to have such joie de vivre, and wasn’t afraid to show it. Thanks for bringing a smile to many people’s faces this afternoon, Johnnie – the pleasure was all ours.

Stranger #22 – Lucia

Posted by Caz on Monday, 28th November 2011

Stranger #22 - Lucia

Meet Lucia

It’s been ages since I last took any stranger photos – my previous was Patrick back in August. I’ve been thinking I needed to get back into the swing of things, so when I was out with friends today shooting some street photography, I vowed to progress the project again. The event we were at was celebrating the switching on of the Christmas Lights in Chelmsford town centre. There were various attractions and groups performing all afternoon. Lucia was with a team of Ceroc dancers who were strutting their stuff in the High Street. She came and sat on a bench next to me to catch her breath after a particularly vigorous dance. We got chatting. She’s been going to ceroc classes for about 4 years and was very enthusiastic and passionate about it. She says it’s a great way to socialise and meet new friends. She is also a big fan of purple, so we had something in common! Her daughter is a budding photographer too; Lucia says she has a very good eye for a picture, so I pointed her towards Flickr to share her work. Thanks Lucia for being so friendly and for sitting for me this afternoon.

Stranger #21 – Patrick

Posted by Caz on Wednesday, 3rd August 2011

Stranger #21 - Patrick

Meet Patrick

Patrick was enjoying the sunshine with his wife Mary (Stranger #20) on the beach at West Mersea. He saw me taking photos of the pastel-coloured beach huts and made a comment about how nice they looked, and we got chatting. They are a retired couple who used to live in my town but have now moved to Maldon, a few miles away from Mersea. Patrick was telling me that the beach huts cost about £20,000! That’s a lot of money for a hut on the sand, and being Britain, it’s not every day which is as sunny as today was. We also talked a bit about the weather (those of us living in the UK seem obsessed with the subject!). I detected a slight Irish lilt to both Patrick and Mary’s accents, so I suspect they have not always lived in Essex. Thanks for letting me take your picture Patrick, and for passing the time of day on a pleasant afternoon.