A friendly target set.

Last night talking street photography with some of my Arcanum friends namely Susan, Ugo and Michael on a Google+ hangout, we got onto the subject of crossing the line, to ask a stranger to pose for a street portrait. For me this has been a very difficult line to cross. I suppose it has been the fear of being rejected, the fear of hearing 'no thank you'. Well our conversation continued on this subject for a little while and the general consensus was, that it wasn't easy and sometimes for some people even though they can get the street portrait, it will never come any easier to ask for the opportunity to take one. We discussed many approaches, how to strike up a conversation, what a lovely hat, what lovely hair etc etc. and then to ask the inevitable question 'Do you mind if I take your photograph?'. One of our group, despite her apparent shyness didn't find this a problem at all, she just simply walked up to a person struck up a conversation then went ahead and asked the question. So hearing this I said right if 'Susan can do it so can I!' We all laughed.. then Susan asked me 'you going out tomorrow Paul?' "Yes I replied."   She then said 'go get 5 tomorrow, 3 if you feel uncomfortable.'

So I did.

And I crossed the line!

You know its not that hard... Generally people will say 'Yes OK', I got one refusal from a shy couple but by then it didn't matter, I had my 5 images that Susan had set and a sixth and seventh (wow!), followed shortly afterward for me, to end on a high note.

So thank you guys especially my 'shy gal' from Tennessee - Susan, who helped me over the line. You know sometimes you just need a little encouragement a target set and a go-get positive with yourself attitude, whilst being friendly as you make the approach of course.

Thanks Guys.


Optional Project #1 - The Skateboarders.

For the first 'Optional Project' - The task has been set to find and photograph skate-boarders.

I was fortunate enough to come across these three lads John, Gary and Kevin on the seafront at Southend-on-Sea. The wind was gusting and it threatened to rain but they continued to attempt their tricks despite sometimes being almost blown away! A large wooden boulder was used as the obstacle. They were quite happy for me to take images of them whilst they attempted their tricks.

Even though these were boys of between 14 and 16 they were quite happy to talk to me about their hobby. We talked about the South-bank area by The Thames in London which is expected to close, which of course they hoped wouldn't and how they enjoyed skate boarding on the front.

The weather was really turning quite windy with the sand blowing in our eyes so, there was just a little more time to grab a few more shots before they decided it was time to move on.

This is the first time I have ever done something like this! I felt a little uncomfortable at first but the boys were quite happy to talk to me and I got the impression that they were quite pleased that someone had stopped to talk and take photographs of them...

All photographs taken with Fuji X-E1 and 27mm lens...

Kevin who had clearly more experience than John and Gary

John - just making it!

John - just making it!

John, Gary and Kevin (L to R)

John, Gary and Kevin (L to R)

Kevin flew right past me!

Kevin flew right past me!

Kevin's favourite trick - he'd obviously been doing this for a while ...

Kevin's favourite trick - he'd obviously been doing this for a while ...

John - deep in concentration!

John - deep in concentration!

Kevin Flying High!

Kevin Flying High!

Kevin in colour

Kevin in colour