Natalie (Stranger #22/100), London Soho on Flickr.

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This weekend seems like it’s going to stand as the start of spring in the UK. I spent it shooting with bomvu. Part one was a great model shoot that Colin organised with the fantastically talented Saffron - photos to follow. Part two’s Strangers session was less successful; I think at one point we were 6-0 in terms of rejections…

It was late on with the sun dipping behind rooftops that Natalie and Andy put an end to that ghastly losing streak.

They’re a fantastic couple, with tonnes of good humour and stage presence. Andy was visiting Natalie, down from Scotland for the weekend.

Andy’s holding the reflector in this one, with fill from an on camera softbox. In the comments there’s a close up with the flash dialled down. Things were pretty rushed; by the time we’d met the shadows were visibly closing across the street. With no background at hand and two foot beam of sunlight I figured a powerful backlight was a neat way of catching the summery vibe to the evening.

This is portrait #22 of my 100 Strangers Project - check out the group page and get involved.

Greta (Stranger #14/100), Venezia Fondamente Nove on Flickr.

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Greta was walking to work along Venice’s Fondamente Nove as I leapt off the ferry from the airport. I’d just fitted my new flash and softbox, and looked up, saw her walking past at point blank range and asked if I could take her portrait. Which kind of surprised us both, it happened so quickly.

She was very unsure - noting that her hair was in a state and that she was running to work, but she agreed to one shot. That meant no reflector, carefully chosen background or checking of the LCD. Having never used the flash for a stranger portrait before, you can imagine I was just a little relieved with how things came out.

I’m a huge fan of purple and turquoise as a combination, and so the combination of the hazy Venetian canal and Greta’s insanely appealing hair really pleases me! In the little chat we had Greta explained she was a Venetian local, so I’m really happy the shot places her there.

Greta - I hope you like your portrait. Grazie mille! Thank you for being part of my 100 Strangers Project. I really appreciate your stopping on a busy morning.

Greta spoke English, but the whole trip was made massively easier by my kind colleague Davide Bussola who invested a lunchtime translating some key 100 strangers project phrases with me.