My very first attempt to focus on shooting only strangers - and not in a stalking or stealthy kind of way! Read on!
Some time last year I had just acquired the LC-Wide, and had been experimenting for a couple of films. While its ultra-wide perspective could be felt in shooting landscapes, I wanted to try photographing more strangers/portraits with this camera.
One day I joined out this event organized by a local analogue photography shop; it was a PhotoWalk event where participants would be split into small groups of 3 or 4, and shoot pre-determined subjects as a mission. Me and my group were given a piece of cardboard so we could ask our subjects to pose with it. Our group needed to shoot “families” and “smiles” or something along that line (can’t really remember now) and we decided to write a straightforward “I <3 LOMO” on the card, like the famous I <3 NY logo.
So off we went! The location started around Pavilion and we would gradually make our way to KLCC. That was my first time trying out the Kodak Elite Chrome EBX and I was really excited to see its results.
Running around asking random people to hold a placard was challenging at first; some would ask what was this for (which I replied competition / college assignment) and some was hesitant about what LOMO stood for (to which I said it was my camera, pointing at the word on my LC-Wide). Nevertheless, it was a great day and many people happily held up the sign for us; we found it easier after gaining momentum!
After the photos were developed, I was amazed by the colour and saturation that turned out – but most importantly, I was happy that I now gathered some good photos of strangers smiling!
And finally my group members!
I actually think that this is a great photography exercise to do when you are bored – write something on a cardboard and ask strangers to pose with it while you take their photos! I tried this in Nottingham too and I thought this would be great to train one’s confidence in approaching strangers.
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