1/100: Holga Stranger
Image by Kaptain Kobold
Imagine the scene if you will. It’s a lovely Summer’s day and you’ve been out and about in Thirroul, taking pictures with your Holga. You’ve met a friend, and stopped for lunch at a pavement cafe.
Suddenly this person appears alongside you. It’s that middle-aged (although looks younger) crossdresser you’d seen about earlier, who was also taking pictures.
‘Excuse me,’ she says, very politely, and with an English accent, ‘But I couldn’t help noticing that you’re using a film camera. Only I’m doing a photographic scavenger hunt, and one of the categories is ‘Film’. I was wondering if it would be possible to take a picture of you taking a picture with it, please?’
Well, what would you say?
To her credit, she happily accepted. We had a few problems with finding an uncluttered background at the cafe (this was the best we could do), and the strong sunlight meant her hat cast deep shadows, which is why she tipped it back. But in the end I got something.
Sadly, although I got her permission to post it on the ‘net (thank you), I never got her name. If I had, I could have started a ‘100 Strangers’ project as well 🙂
So, whoever you are, thank you for allowing yourself to be accosted by a slightly deranged Pommy transvetite. And I hope you enjoyed your day out as much as I did.
‘Film’ for the January 2011 Scavenger Hunt.
Update: I have been convinced to make this obliging young lady Stranger #1 in a ‘100 Strangers‘ project.