Saturday, December 10, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Hello! It's been a while since I hit the streets and to be honest, even when I have been out and about I was struggling to find characters of any interest to me. Maybe it was just the winter's blues or something like that!
Anyhoo, meet this lovely chap who managed to raise over one thousand pounds for charity with his super neat mustache! I saw him while wandering around the Borough Market. He is visiting London to show off his tashe to his friends in London before he gets a shave. Excellent look, sir!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
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The Laundromat Bar in Reykjavik is quite an awesome place that serves decent breakfasts and lunches for a sensible price. The service is impeccable as anywhere else in Iceland as Icelanders are the coolest and friendliest people in the world. The place has an awesome design including a proper laundromat in the basement. My favourite bit about the cafe was a sign 'Borrow a laptop for free.' We took them up on the offer.
Meet our waitress. A fabulous girl. She got all embarrassed and couldn't quite believe it that I wanted HER photo.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Iceland was simply amazing. When exploring the streets of Reykjavik, I came across a photo gallery. I stood there mesmerised as the photographer's style was stunning. I couldn't get enough! I walked past the gallery every day and yet it was never open. Sometimes there was a sign telling you to call him if you wanted to have a look but no one was ever there until my last day. I felt like a kid in a candy store.
Meet Ari Sigvaldason. Ari laughed that he was a rather relaxed gallery owner and while his gallery was officially open from noon till six he was usually somewhere else taking photos and exploring. He was as friendly as the rest of Icelanders happy to help and chat. I couldn't resist taking his portrait.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
We were already heading for drinks at Brick Lane's Vibe Bar (routine ending to Columbia Road street session), when I spotted this young man shopping for LPs. I stuck my lens through the fence and smiled. He looked at me puzzled. 'Just do what you're doing!' I said. I waited for him to pull out LP that had a colourful background and snapped the portrait. Ta da!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Jim and I enjoyed another fabulous Wednesday night wandering around Southbank. It was a quiet evening and we struggled to find people that would interest us. I spotted Laura and she agreed to pose for us. She is in London visiting her boyfriend who is now at university here. She seemed to be enjoying London. Thanks for stopping!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Another one from yesterday. We walked past a barber shop and I spotted this bloke getting ready to leave. He looked me directly in the eye and seemed quite friendly but we walked on. Something made me do a u-turn and go back to ask him for a portrait. He was very kind and obliging even though he was just about to finish a whole day's work and go home. Thank you!
Need a barber, anyone?
Monday, October 24, 2011
Thank you goes out to my dear friend, Sosij for having me over in Hitchin for a day. I love this town so it was a pleasure taking my street project to the streets of Hitchin.
We were walking past Four Leaf Clover Restaurant when I spotted the elderly chap. He was quite the character. When I asked him for a photo, he laughed and said, 'Where do you want me? Or my place or yours should I say?' It turns out he found his way to Hitchin when he arrived in Britain at the back of a truck after a few years of working in Romania. Such a colourful character!
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Considering that it is the end of autumn, I was quite surprised to see a bloke hanging around on a street with no t-shirt on.
He agreed to be photographed and struck a pose, then got all hyper and told me that he had tattoos on the back too and turned around. His mate laughed 'He's got tatts on his bum too!' 'I'll pass,' I replied. I was slightly bemused that he thought I asked him because of his tattoos. Meet the cheeky chap from Brick Lane.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
I ventured out of London to shoot the autumn views in Winkworth Arboretum but couldn't resist stopping a person or two. And what a wonderful day it was! We couldn't find our way to the place so a kind elderly gentleman offered us a ride after his wife told him about American tourists being lost. He felt a little cheated I think when he found out we weren't American at all.
This lovely gentleman sat down to rest and started texting someone. I liked how he fitted in the scene so asked him for a portrait. He couldn't quite believe I wanted HIS portrait. Lovely gentleman!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Thank you to everyone who has supported, looked at and commented on the blog over the last 100 entries. Thank you to Londonist for featuring my blog on their website. I am truly honoured.
Now, back to business. A new oyster place opened up in Columbia Road so what else could I do but to photograph one of the guys working there. He was happy to pose for me and I appreciate his patience as I battled the crowds to get the shot I was happy with.
Monday, October 10, 2011
I saw her bow tie and thought 'Hell yeah!' One of her companions complained that it was a second time someone asked her for a photo and yet no one wanted to take his portrait. We had a giggle about it.
And yes, we got a hundred. It's been a journey. It's not ending here but I thought I'd stop and celebrate. Thank you to everyone who follows the blog whether regularly or ad hoc. Say hello, please. Tell me which stranger was your favourite. Ask me a question. And thank you once again for following!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
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Monday, October 3, 2011
This lovely young girl reminded me of Sosij's daughter Velvet with her entrepreneur spirit. I think it is a very admirable of her that already at such a young age, she is using the outside of her house to add to her pocket money through cake sale. I loved how thoughtful and creative she was when designing 'her stall'.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
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Friday, September 30, 2011
'Hello Bruce Lee,' I said. He laughed and said it wasn't Bruce Lee but Scarface. 'I bought it thinking it was Bruce Lee though,' he laughed. Meet another flower man from Columbia Road. He wasn't too keen on posing but after a bit of encouragement he agreed to give up two minutes of his time. Thank you!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
First I saw the little guitar so I asked what it was called. I thought it was a ukulele but he called it something else.
He was a joyful character making plenty of jokes. We seemed to invade the space of local trader who kept moaning at us for taking his space even though all we were doing was standing on a pavement next to his stand. We laughed it off. 'See you in the wind', he said as he walked off.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Meet Irene. She is a friend of the gentleman featured in Barnardo's Child post. She has a stall in a little antique market round the corner from Columbia Road. I took her photo before but didn't quite like it so when I saw her walk past I asked her to pose for me. She still didn't like the photo I took but she was happy for me to post it if I liked it. And I do.
Irene is quite the celebrity around Columbia Road. All the other shopkeepers look after Irene checking up on her and offering her food and drink. She is quite a lady!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I loved his tank hat. He was standing on the kerb smoking when I approached him. His mates shouted at me not to pick him. 'He is an ugly b***ard! Why would you pick him?' He posed for me smoking and pouting. It was a laugh! 'Well, it's an awesome Friday night. It's still Friday night, right?' I haven't giggled like that in ages.
Monday, September 26, 2011
He is one of those colourful characters at Columbia Road Flower Market. He always put a smile on my face with his comments. The other guys make fun of him because of his style. It's so much fun listening to them bickering.
I tried to snap him a few times before but it never worked he is so busy. I was shooting Irene (you'll meet her later) when I saw him approach. I grabbed him and said 'Come on! I need you here against the wall!' He started laughing and shouting 'Oh no! Two girls want me against the wall! Lucky man!' Gosh! We had a giggle shooting him even if he did not stand still for one single second!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The usual Sunday afternoon at Columbia Road followed by a walk down Brick Lane led us to a beautiful shop with old fashioned stock called Le Grenier.
The owner, Jean Louis, was busy fixing a lamp and didn't even notice me watching him. I found his focus captivating. It has been a while since I saw anyone fix something. We are so used to throwing things away and buying new ones. Anyway, he agreed kindly to pose for me and we chatted about today's world, recession and how people don't visit their local stores anymore. Truly enjoyed this encounter.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
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Monday, September 19, 2011
I spotted his beard and cap from afar and was thrilled when he agreed to pose for me. His friend was a little upset that I did not want to shoot both of them but sometimes you need to upset others to get the shot you want. I detected a slight French accent but that's me being rubbish with accents. It turns out he is German. My apologies! That's all folks.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Lydia was in Columbia Road this afternoon promoting her book. I loved her delicate look and asked her for a portrait. She was an amazing model, a little shy and yet tilting her head in such adorable, a bit innocent and a bit flirtatious manner. After second snap, she giggled and asked me to stop. "I thought you wanted to take a photo of the stall, not me.' I thanked her for her time and walked away knowing I got the shot of the day.