1/100: Holga Stranger

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.

17 thoughts on “1/100: Holga Stranger

  1. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/studiodxavier] : It was quite funny, actually. We’d seen her earlier, because the dress and boater were quite eye-catching. Later on we were both taking pictures around the same part of the town, and I spotted that she was using a film camera, and commented on the fact to Catherine. We stopped for lunch at the cafe, and I said to Catherine that I should have asked if I could take her picture for the Scavenger Hunt, and that I’d missed a bit of an opportunity. Five minutes later, she walked in with her friend 🙂

  2. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/13639732@N02] : I’m guessing (from her age) that she’s a student, and doing it as part of a course. My daughter is doing photography at school from next term. They apparently spend the first of the two years pretty much working with film alone.

  3. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jronaldlee] : You’re right. The name is optional (although recommended). I’m still annoyed I didn’t get it though, or find out anything about her.

  4. It’s a good start, just remember to take a notebook with you wherever you go. Oh, and give every one you meet a card with your flickr address.

  5. Neat story to go with your pic. Sometimes strangers are more comfortable remaining anonymous. We all "rely on the kindness of strangers"…well, those of us in the south do anyway.

  6. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/23959858@N03] : I don’t think that she was uncomfortable. The problem was that I was uncomfortable about making her uncomfortable. When I’m out cross-dressed I’m quite confident and happy to talk to strangers, but mostly when they initiate conversation (and it’s interesting how many do). Doing it the other way around made me more self-conscious, which is silly really.

    I’m assuming that any future strangers will mostly be collected whilst I’m in ‘male mode’, so this won’t be an issue.

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