Friday, June 22, 2012

#171 A man with a cigar

Have I ever walked by a man with a cigar? I don't think so! Not sure how I am going to cope in Cuba though! 

Smokers always make for perfect portrait subjects. This gent was no different. He put on his shades and enjoyed the quick photoshoot. Thank you for posing!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

#170 Beauty

This beautiful girl was the first stranger we stopped last Sunday. I loved her style and how timid she was about her beauty.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

#169 Father's Day Special

Rarely do you come across a man dressed so sharp and yet pleasantly casual. 

This gent definitely stood out in the crowd. He was out celebrating Father's Day with his family. Fantastic look and very sunny disposition. Thank you for posing for me!

Monday, June 18, 2012

#168 Jac

While wandering the streets of Marylebone Summer Fayre yesterday, Pola and I spotted Jac. We both loved her very relaxed and yet elegant style. She oozed class! Sadly we weren't quick enough to catch her as she entered the crowded bit of the fair. I felt I missed a great opportunity.

Well, sometimes life throws you another chance. We bumped into her later in another area. Pola later admitted that as she was watching me approach with the photo request, she was convinced I was going to get a 'no'. It turns out though that Jac is the loveliest person ever. What a great smile!

Jac is a therapist and Tai Chi instructor. She definitely has the disposition for that.

Thank you for stopping!


Sunday, June 17, 2012

#167 At Marylebone Summer Fayre

I must admit that I have been struggling lately with my Londoners blog. All this photography has felt rather forced lately, trying to find interesting people but struggling to do so. Even when I do succeed, I find they still fall into one category of certain type of characters. Characters I like, I must add. It's just when you photograph similar characters you fall into a trap of predictability. Today ended up being a fantastic reminder of what it is all about.

We headed out to Marylebone Summer Fayre. I must admit I have not heard of it before yesterday even though it's been an annual event for 8 years. I am definitely going back next year though. The whole thing was fantastic. Brilliantly organised. Not to mention the crowds of fascinating characters. It was photographer's dream playground.

Among many I spotted this gent. He really stood out with the honey orange colours and a pint of London Pride. He reminded me of my favourite writer, Bill Bryson. This charming gent was chilling at the fayre with a group ladies. He seemed rather timid but was more than happy to oblige when asked to be photographed. You must admit he has the friendliest smile ever. Thank you!

Slightly more serious take:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

#166 Ayesha The Assistant

The last one from London Nocturne. 

Meet Ayesha. She was a lovely assistant at Rachel's Michaux Club stand. They offer beautiful handbags for cyclist. Looks like one cool solution.

Thank you for posing.

Monday, June 11, 2012

#165 Hannes Baumgarten

Yet another stranger I spotted during London Nocturne event. He definitely stood out in the crowd with his bright colours. 

And as I later learnt via email, this is Hannes Baumgarten, pro rider of the Rudy Project Racing Team.

Thank you for posing!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

#164 Tandem Man

Another one from yesterday's London Nocturne event. 

Nothing draws your attention like an old tandem bike with handsome men on it. Or maybe it's just me. Anyways, I asked the front rider to pose for me and he happily obliged. He also asked me if I wanted to see a wheelie but then he got distracted, chatting with two beautiful girls so sadly I missed out on the tandem bike wheelie trick.

Thanks for posing.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

#163 Brompton Gent

Had so much fun this evening wandering around Smithfield Market watching London Nocturne bike races. I spotted this gent with his Brompton and his family watching the Penny Farthing Race. I loved his very British attire. Thank you for posing for me.

Monday, June 4, 2012

#162 Butcher from Portobello Road

While I wait for my voice to return following last week's adventures before I stalk some more strangers, let me introduce you to the butcher from Portobello Road. He is a lovely chap who deal in pork. What can I get you? Belly pork, pork scratchings, thighs or will chops do? As always, thank you for posing.