100 Strangers Project: Stranger 1/100 – Eileen

The 100 Strangers project is a learning group housed on the internet site Flickr.com. The group is intended for those wishing to improve both their social and technical skills needed for taking portraits of strangers and telling their stories. The goal is to photograph 100 Strangers, but not by sneaking around a corner and shooting a candid photograph. Instead we are to talk with the person, learn a bit about them and ask their permission to take their portrait as part of the project.

As a landscape and aerial photographer, very little of my work involves people. I do like to chat, and I often get into conversations with people questioning the craft of kite aerial photography for example. But much of the time, especially my non-aerial work, I spend by myself, alone in the woods with a camera. I’ve never considered myself a street photographer and I am shy about pointing the camera at strangers. I also could benefit from practice in directing and positioning people to optimize the composition but I lack experience and consequently I avoid event and wedding photography like the plague. In an attempt to overcome this handicap I have joined the “100 Strangers” group on Flickr. For more information go yourself and take a look at the images of photographers participating in the 100 Strangers Group at www.flickr.com/groups/100strangers

Stranger 1/100 – Eileen

100 Strangers Project

Eileen at Maplelawn Gardens

Maplelawn Gardens is a heritage garden on Richmond Road in Ottawa near the Keg Manor Restaurant. It is two stone throws from my house. I walked into the gardens this afternoon looking for fall flower images but conscious of the fact that last night I had discovered and joined the “100 Strangers Group” on Flickr and I had already walked to the post office and back and bypassed one terrific opportunity to make my first “ask”. I had been chatting with a Rogers Cable employee attired in his pole climbing gear and I hadn’t summoned up the nerve to ask for a photo. Maybe next time…

As I entered Maplelawn Gardens I hadn’t even started taking photographs when Eileen approached me and introduced herself as one of the volunteer gardeners at the site. Being a gardener myself we got into a lengthy discussion about plants and flowers, lawn grubs and such. Our talk progressed to community matters such as the anticipation of a 20+ storey building adjacent to the gardens, fortunately on the north side. And Eileen informed me that a nearby retirement residence apparently charges a premium for units facing the gardens (although they also face the Ottawa River which is another reason in our city for charging a premium rent in high-rise housing). After about 20 minutes of chatting it suddenly dawned on me that this was my ideal chance for a portrait of someone whom I only just met. Eileen had no qualms about my taking her photograph amongst the fruits of her labours.

This picture is #1 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page.

My 100 Strangers Set on Flickr.

My 100 Strangers website gallery.

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Popping Thistles, Waterperry Gardens, UK

New in my Getty Images portfolio:

Popping Thistles, Waterperry Gardens, UK. Like the previous post, this is an image that was taken at Waterperry Gardens in the UK last year. Again, I decided to apply a few photoshop filters to give it a unique look. A print was on display at the West End Studio Tour last year. Now Getty has taken it into their catalogue.

Popping Thistles, Waterperry Gardens, UK

Popping Thistles, Waterperry Gardens, UK

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thistles art / thistles photos / thistles greeting cards
globe thistle art / globe thistle photos / globe thistle greeting cards
thistle art / thistle photos / thistle greeting cards

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Goldenrod Beside a Hedge

New in my Getty Images portfolio:

Goldenrod Beside a Hedge. This is an image that was taken at Waterperry Gardens in the UK last year. I decided to apply a few photoshop filters to give it a more painted look. I liked it so much that I did a print for display at the West End Studio Tour last year. Now Getty has taken it into their catalogue.

Goldenrod Beside a Hedge

Goldenrod Beside a Hedge

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KAP 2008-26: Reilly’s Country Gardens, Kinburn, Ontario, Canada – May 15, 2008.

Friends Phil and Carole Reilly own this jam-packed one acre nursery which is located on Diamondview Road between Carp and Kinburn, Ontario. They combine a sales area comprised largely of perennial plants and shrubs with lovely gardens containing many large versions of the plants you can buy in a pot. They provide specialty stock (and service) in ornamental grasses, hostas, peonies and pond plants. The website of Reilly’s Country Gardens can be found at rcgardens.ca.

These photographs were taken using kite aerial photography (KAP).

If you are interested, the property (home and nursery business) is For Sale. See rcgardens.ca/Sale/sale.html for more information.

Reilly's Country Gardens. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).
Aerial view of Reilly’s Country Gardens.

Diamondview Road near Kinburn, Ontario and Reilly's Country Gardens. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).
Diamondview Road looking north near Kinburn, Ontario and Reilly’s Country Gardens.

Another view from the air of Reilly's Country Gardens. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).
Another view from the air of Reilly’s Country Gardens.

Diamondview Road looking south from Reilly's Country Gardens with rural church and cemetery. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).
Diamondview Road looking south from Reilly’s Country Gardens with rural church and cemetery.

Abstract road and fences. Self portrait in the laneway of the Reilly's neighbour across the street. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).
Abstract road and fences. Self portrait in the laneway of the Reilly’s neighbour across the street.

You can see additional pictures from my KAP 2008-26 outing in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery on my website.