So the 100 strangers project started in 2014 it was about time I met and photographed someone new in 2015. It turned out to be two strangers in Helen and Rob. We met when I quickly nipped out to take Tilly for a short walk, which never happens if I pick up the camera on the way out of the door! It was a dark and misty day on Sunday and the last day before returning to some work after the festive period. There is something about the mist that makes everything ethereal and mysterious that always works great for landscapes shots and I wasn't expecting to come back with anything more than landscapes.
On the way down the lane that leads to the local woods and open fields I noticed a old country LandRover pull up beside the church but I didn't really pay it much attention. I walk along the field boundaries and onto the woods where on the other side I had stopped to try and get some shots of Tilly. As usual trying to photograph a Springer has its own unique problems (she is not a patient Model) and trying to get her to stop running around for more than a second proved difficult.
I had just walked into the open field when Helen and Rob appeared from the woods behind me. So at this point it will become obvious that Rob is not Rob the boyfriend husband etc but Rob the dog.
Helen had warned me that he was friendly but was a rescue dog who had a tendency to be a bit nervous. She told me that she was not confident enough to let him off his long training lead just yet as he could be a little temperamental with other dogs. He had been rescued from a shelter recently and Helen was working hard to settle him into his new home and do some training with him. It was then it occurred to me that this was an opportunity to get some portraits of them both and I have to say Helen wrapped up against the cold arriving in a classic green LandRover looked like the your archetypal English farmers daughter with sheep dog in tow. She was happy to have her portrait done with Rob and I hope she gets in touch so I can send her the images (once again I had forgot business cards). In terms of things learnt our conversation was brief and I suppose it may often be the case with such a project. I know she lives nearby but that's about it. In hindsight it would have been good to have had a phone or notebook to take some details from her to flesh out the story but hey lesson learnt for next time. It was lovely to meet them both and I suppose that's the one great thing about having a dog is that it's so easy to strike up a conversation with other dog owners. You know you already share one interest and it's surprising when you are talking to people how much you often have in common. So Helen if you are reading this, get in touch and I will send you the high res files. These images have been edited for the blog the way I like them. If you go on the people's page of the web site you will see the more classic digital look which you may prefer. So there it is stranger No 2 of the project and 1 of 2015.
"There are no strangers only friends you haven't met yet"