100 Strangers pt 1

023/100 I met Robin as I walked through one of my favourite photographic sites in Norwich, The Rosary Cemetary. He is a volunteer with the Friends of the Rosary Cemetery and freely gives up his time at weekends to keep on top of the maintenance.


Robin spent much of his working life at sea. When he did retire from that he got a job as a boatman with The Broads Authority where he continued his love of working on the water.
022/100 I knew that I had to get Antonio to take part in my 100 Strangers Project as soon as I laid eyes on him. This wasn’t as easy as I had hoped. I met him in the Italian mountain village of Idro, he didn’t speak a word of english and my italian extends as far as ciao and prego! Anyway, with a bit of sign language he agreed to have his portrait taken, it’s not the best shot I’ve ever taken, but it is difficult to get someone to move out of the harsh midday sunlight when you only have two words at your disposal!
021/100 I was drawn to ask Frank to take part by his rather fetching hat. Some people look good in a hat and Frank was one of those people. I’m constantly surprised by just how keen people are to take part in my 100 Strangers and Frank was no exception to this.


Frank told me he was waiting for his friend to arrive. He was sitting on the steps outside Liverpool Street Station in London. I got the impression that Frank didn’t know his friend very well. He had arrived late to meet her and had no way of contacting her, other than scanning the crowds leaving the station and presumably hoping that she was late too!


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020/100 I met Alexandra on a bench just outside Liverpool Street Station in London. She told me that she had just arrived in the UK, having flown in from her home in Portugal earlier today. She had come to London to visit family and friends who she had not seen for some time.


She seemed very interested in hearing all about my 100 Strangers Project and her face lit up when I asked if she would take part. Hopefully this energy and enthusiasm has come across in her portrait.


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019/100 Graham was our Captain for the trip to see the seals at Blakeney Point. He and his family before him have been running these trips from Morston for the past 50 years. The Bean family are Norfolk legends and, to many, they are synonymous with this unspoilt remote stretch of the coastline. A visit to see the seals is a must do when visiting these parts and today’s excursion did not disappoint. Along with nine other hardy souls, we saw a colony of around fifty common seals basking in the cold early morning grey skies. We left much the wiser about both the habitat and the mammal thanks to Graham’s informative commentary, and would highly recommend the experience.






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018/100 I met Princy on Magdalen Street in Norwich. When I first saw her she was with a small group who were promoting the Hare Krishna movement. As she was in the middle of chanting I waited until she had finished then spoke with her. Princy seemed really happy and relaxed talking about herself and was keen to be involved with my 100 Strangers Project. She explained how she had become involved with Hare Krishna and then insisted that I had some food with her. Unfortunately I had only just eaten so had to decline (it looked really good!) So Princy offered me a small Carab sweet to try instead, which I accepted. I’m glad I did, it was delicious.


Before I could take her portrait Princy insisted that I should take a book with me, titled Chant and be Happy; The Power of Mantra Meditation featuring quotes from John Lennon and George Harrison.


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017/100 Meet Yasmin. I met her on a recent holiday to the Loire region of France, my first overseas stranger!


Yasmin had been working in the reception office since the start of the season in March. She was the perfect person for the role, always helpful and always wearing a smile on her face. Nothing was too much trouble for her.


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016/100 I met Julian on a team day at Sheringham. For those who don’t know, Sheringham is a small market town on the North Norfolk coast. At Sheringham, there is a famous land mark(well, famous to the people who know the area!) called the Beeston Bump. It’s named the Beeston Bump because a) technically it’s in Beeston not Sheringham, and b) because in an otherwise pan-flat area it literally is a bump!


Julian and I passed as he was making his way up and I was on my way back down. He was over the moon to be invited to take part in the project. He was keen to tell me that he had lived all his life in Sheringham, by the train station. And that during his time there he had seen many, many changes and for the most part these had been for the better. Unfortunately, like many others in the village, he could see no good coming from the latest development, a Tesco superstore.


Julian does not have internet access at home but was keen to see his portrait when he next visits the library. I hope you like it Julian, and thank you for taking part so enthusiastically.


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015/100

I met Patrick whilst I was on a day trip to Cambridge. He was standing outside Sainsbury’s in the city centre where he was waiting for some mates of his. They had arranged to meet to buy food for a picnic that they were going to have on Jesus Green. 


Patrick is a research student at Cambridge University and was dressed in full summer attire. He certainly looked very dapper.


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014/100 I met Rainbow whilst I was on a day trip to Cambridge. She was sat in a door way just off the Market Place asking passers by for money. I chatted to her for a while before mentioning about the 100 Strangers Project. She told me that she had arrived in Cambridge for the Strawberry Fields Festival and had stayed around afterwards as she liked the “feel” of Cambridge.


Rainbow was happy to chat, and enjoyed telling me just how much she enjoyed the architecture of Cambridge likening it to both York and Bath, as well as my home town of Norwich.


When I asked her if she would take part in 100 Strangers she was reluctant at first. She asked if I could return next week when her black eyes would look better but when I said that I could not do that, she agreed to join in, as long as she could pull her hat down a bit. 


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013/100 I was hanging around the front of the Forum in Norwich watching Tilted Productions set up the stage for their production, Fragile. The performance is on over two days, twice daily and forms part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2013.


Beth was one of the dancers that was warming up on the trampoline just prior to the dart of the show. She was really happy to be involved, unfortunately time was tight as she had to get backstage. She did have time to tell me that she had trained to be a professional dancer and that she was enjoying working on Fragile. 


Fragile will be touring around Europe this summer, next stop after Norwich will be the  south of France. 


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012/100 I hadn’t paid much attention to my 100Strangers for the last few weeks. There were two reasons for this. Firstly I had been enjoying my wildlife photography so much almost everything had been put on the back-burner and secondly that the weather here in Norwich had just been so awful that nobody wanted to stop to talk with me! I can’t really blame them.


Anyway, the weather has improved so time to get back to it. 


Paul was in the Remembrance Gardens in front of the City Hall in Norwich. He told me that he has been sleeping rough for the last 9 months. He says that he had been working at electrical retailers Comet, but when they closed their branch in Norwich he was made redundant. Shortly afterwards he found out his wife was having an affair so he moved out of the family home and has never returned.


Paul was keen to show me the skin on the back of his hands, the skin was cracked and dry and looked extremely painful. I advised him to go to City Reach to get some medical attention but he laughed and said “it was to late for that”. 


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011/100 Stuart was window shopping in Norwich when I spotted him.I was drawn to him by both his colourful knitted hat and his full beard. When I explained what the 100 Strangers project was he was most interested. It turns out that he is a retired pro photographer who had worked on the Mail and Guardian.
I wish I could have spent longer talking to him but it was a freezing cold day and he needed to move on. I gave him a card with my email address on, I rather hope he gets in touch.
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010/100 I met Jules at the Forum in Norwich. She had spent the day helping other volunteers fund raise for the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). Jules was clearly passionate about the RSPB and went on to tell me that as well as general fund raising the day was specifically about raising awareness of what could be done by homeowners to encourage birds in to their gardens.
Jules was happy to get involved in my 100 project but insisted on a little product placement in the photo’s, mainly her RSPB badge and collection bucket. It seemed a very reasonable request to me!
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009/100 I found myself working out of my home town, in the City of Huntingdon. So armed with camera I went for a lunchtime walk about with the aim to add at least one stranger.
I was about to give up. I couldn’t find anyone who appealed; or if they did they were in too much of a hurry to stop. Then I spotted Anthony sitting on a bench in the centre of town. I think the reason that I wanted him in my 100 Strangers was the long flowing hair and the rather patchy facial hair.
Anthony seemed happy enough to take part. He was in Huntingdon on a shopping trip, he and his friend had picked up a couple of games that they were going to play on that afternoon. The first two shots were standard profile shots but then Anthony did the hand gesture above, which I’m told has a variety of meanings, though I like to think it was to do with his love of Heavy Metal music!
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008/100 I found Josh sitting in Chapelfield Gardens in Norwich. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to take part in my 100 Strangers Project at first but then decided “that it couldn’t hurt”. Josh was clearly quite low in mood and didn’t want to talk much so after I had my shots I thanked him for his time and wished him well before saying good bye and leaving him with his thoughts.
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007/100 I’d been building up to speaking with one of the group of bikers that meet at Norwich market every Sat for a while. But to be honest, they look an intimidating bunch and each time I had tried I’d ended up walking away with out saying hello. Today was different. I singled out Graham becuase of his yellow bandana, walked up to him gave him a card, told him about the 100 Strangers and asked if he would take part.
He could not have been more pleasant and keen to get involved. Lessen learnt. Thanks Graham.
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006/100 Ian was sitting people watching on Gentlemen’s Walk in Norwich. He and his wife had travelled over from Suffolk for the day for a bit of shopping. They had separated shortly after they had arrived so that his wife could clothes shop and Ian could “potter about”.
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005/100 Britney could not be ignored! Bright red glasses and the most colourful green and yellow dreads. She was extremely enthusiastic at the thought of being included in my 100 Strangers project. She told me that she had just arrived from Canada to take up a place at UEA where she will be reading Museum Studies.
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004/100 Jo was great fun and definitely pleased to be asked to join in. She told me she was on her way in to the city for an afternoon with mates before carrying on to a house party that the evening.
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003/100 Ayolo was busking on Magdalen St in Norwich. As much as I wanted to chat about him he wanted to know about my photography as he was keen himself when not playing. He was particuarly keen to tell me of a shot he had taken of a statue that was covered in pigeon droppings.
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002/100 Betty was happy to give her name and have her photo taken but she did not want to engage further in conversation. All that she did say was that she was visiting Norwich for the day with her husband.
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001/100 I met Manda as she was sitting listening to one of the christian groups that sing in Norwich on Saturdays. She told me that she was sleeping rough at the moment and that she enjoyed the free entertainment that the singers provided as it helped pass the time.
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