This is my 100 Strangers Project. This page is my whole Project so far with full descriptions if you would like to see just the photos Click Here.
The idea is to take photos of 100 Strangers, and speak to them and get their permission to join in the project. There are loose rules, or you could say Guidelines. The Project can be seen on the flickr 100 Strangers Page.
I’m really enjoying it. It takes me outside my comfort zone, but there are no time limits, so there is no pressure, just go at your own speed. If you’ve ever thought about doing it, but never taken the step, just get out and get your first one, and the others will follow.
#12 & #13 Peter & Noel
#17 & #18 Brenda & Olive
I met Gerry in Costa Coffee in Caerphilly, Wales. I was sitting alone and he asked if the seat opposite was free. He was pleased to sit by the window. He had popped in for a coffee whilst his wife was shopping. He was quite chatty, and we had a good conversation about pubs in the valleys and different real ales. A TV cabling engineer during his working life, he is retired now. I asked if he would mind if I took a few shots and explained the project, and he was pleased to oblige. I didn’t want to take him away from his coffee so I took the shots in situ.
I had the 85mm on the camera, but swapped it for the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 due to the closeness of Gerry and the limited room. Although taking the shot inside, there was a lot of light coming through the window. There was a display cabinet with a light behind him, so I had to shift around which meant there was more light hitting through the window.
In Photoshop I added some sharpening and reduced the exposure by 1 stop on the RAW file, then converted to B&W and reduced the reds, yellows & blues. Voila!
I was walking along the Hayes in Cardiff, looking around me for my first shot of the day. I noticed Peter sitting on a bench with his little dog by him. I thought he would make a good subject for my strangers project. I approached him and asked if I could take his photo. He replied with “You thought to yourself he’s a good character to take a photo of, did you?” I had to admit Yes, and that he stood out amongst the people that were walking around us. We both nodded. “Go on then,” he said.
I run off a few shots, then he asked me if I would like to have a few shots with Queenie, his dog in. I took a few shots of them both. When I finished, I gave Peter my card and in return Peter gave me one of his, explaining he was there on business, and deals in Militaria, so as a thank you to him, I have put a link to his site here.
I’m very pleased how this has turned out. As Peter was sitting down I knelt in front of him. Due to the street behind it was slightly light. Added to that I hadn’t realised that I had reset my exposure compensation to 0, whereas I normally shoot at -0.3, and brighten in RAW if under. A movement of the exposure slider in RAW and everything was fine.
I was walking along Working Street in Cardiff, not long after taking a shot of my 2nd Stranger, when Priya smiled across at me, so I went towards him. I have seen Priya in Cardiff before in the same area. He is a monk and uses his time to collect for charitable causes. He opened the conversation with “Have I spoken with you before?” I replied “Yes”. “Ah, I remember,” he said “You said to me, “You are a wonderful Monk, and I would love to donate.” I said “Nah, definitely the wrong person.” We chatted for a while, then I asked him if he would allow me to take his photo. I explained the project and he was very interested. I took a few shots, thanked him, then left him to continue with his work.
What is not visible in this shot is the small tail of hair that Priya has, that tells me at least he belongs to a faith. Priya was taller than me so that brought in the light from the shops behind, so I decided to convert this to B&W as it gave better separation. Once converted just tweaked the sliders.
Thank you Priya, it was a pleasure talking with you, and always is watching you approach people and put a smile on their face.
I first saw Philip as he walked out of St John’s Churchyard Gardens in the centre of Cardiff, to the area outside the Indoor Market carrying a film camera on a tripod. He was with 2 lovely young women, 1 of which was carrying a large microphone. They set up their camera which Philip was operating, and began encouraging people to talk on camera. I took a few shots of this and left them to carry on whilst I went on a wander for a while.
When I walked back around they had moved along and were setting up again, and interviewed a few people and I got a couple more shots. When it went quiet I approached them and asked what they were filming for. They explained they were doing Vox Pops about who people thought would win the Rugby 6 Nations Competition. They asked me who I thought would win. Fancy asking a Welshman! I replied “Italy…No Chance”, and laughed, then said “England…Not, Ireland”, and they stopped me and pleaded that I do that on camera. I agreed and, aat the time the camera was on me forgot what I had actually said, but said something along those lines, and obviously finishing with Wales of course.
When I finished, I asked them what they were filming for and they are in Cardiff University studying for Masters Degrees in Journalism. It was really fun watching them work to encourage people to get in front of the camera. I decided to ask Philip if he would allow me to take his photo, as he seemed the wildest of the 3 of them. They were all bubbly, but, sorry girls it was his smile. I explained to them about the 100 Strangers, and it was at that point that I found out that Philip is from Uganda.
The photos started with a sort of pose, nothing to do with me, but what Philip adopted to a fun face then to the standard portrait. I decided to use this shot, the fun shot, as I think it shows how I saw Philip. I hope you can see his character through this.
Sorry girls I was so caught up in you filming me and getting the shots, that I forgot to ask your names, although I do remember you were from Cardiff & Carmarthen, and I do remember which one was which, so I do hope you contact me so I can put this error right.
I first saw the lovely Irmak taking Photos of St John’s Church in the centre of Cardiff. With her was Penache. I took a couple of shots of her taking photos. They saw me and spoke to each other and smiled. They went around the church and Irmak continued taking photos. I was wandering in the same direction.
As they walked outside the Indoor Market, still taking photos I approached Irmak and explained about the 100 Strangers Project and asked if I could take her photo. She hadn’t heard of Flickr, but Penache had. I think Irmak and Penache to a degree had trouble understanding my Welsh accent, and they spoke between themselves, but I couldn’t work out what language they were speaking in. Irmak agreed to have her photo taken but Penache didn’t want to.
I took some shots and showed them to Irmak, She asked me to take some more, which I did and on reviewing them, asked that I use the one you see. I asked where she was from and it was Turkey. A town called Bursa, which is south of Istanbul. She was on holiday and staying with Penache and returning home on Monday. I forgot 1 question to ask. Were they related. So I’m not sure if Penache was her friend or a relative.
Irmak then asked if she could have a photo of me. Of course I agreed. She handed her phone to Penache, then came and stood next to me to have her photo taken with me.
Thank you so much Irmak for allowing me to take your photo. The first female in my 100 Strangers. Also to Penache. Two really sweet young ladies I had the pleasure of meeting.
I first saw Alan as I was taking shots of Police cuffing and searching two men in Cardiff Centre. He was walking past the police cars so I got a couple of shots of him.
He came up to me to ask what was going on. I replied that they had already handcuffed them when I arrived. He apologised, and said he thought I had seen what was going on as I
had the camera.
As the Police were going through the motions, he began to tell me a story about when he was researching Victorian Architecture for a Victorian Society Tour in the suburbs of Cardiff a couple of years ago, and to cut a long story short, the Police were called and in his words they were playing god cop, bad cop. The bad cop didn’t seem to like him and he said his attitude was terrible, while the good cop smiled to himself. He explained that he was dressed very smartly in green shoes, green trousers and a green coat. You can see by his photo that he is a very well presented man. He said the bad cop became so frustrated that he wouldn’t co-operate with him due to his attitude, that he threatened to arrest him under the Prevention of Terrorism Act! Alan laughed at this and he said “Look at me, a man in his seventies, standing in the street all dressed in green and you think I’m a terrorist!”
The Police had gone by this time and I asked Alan if he would be a subject of my 100 Strangers Project, and gave him my card. He then gave me his and began to tell me the history behind several buildings in the area we were, next to St John’s Church, the oldest church in Cardiff. He then told me he had to get off so I redirected him to the task in hand of getting the shot, and he laughed, and said that I didn’t want to take his photo. I had to convince him. I asked him to stand in front of the church as it seemed so appropriate with his knowledge of history. He asked if it was OK for him to pose. I told him to carry on and do what he wanted as I knew he wanted to get away. I got a few shots and showed them to him on the back of the camera. He said he couldn’t see them properly as he needed his other glasses. I asked him if he used the internet so he could see his shots. He laughed and told me he is a Luddite, and wouldn’t even know how to switch one on!
We shook hands, as he started to leave. The first of about 6! Each time he went to leave he would point out something else. I told him I would walk with him. He then said he was going to the right. I said I will definitely go to the left to make sure he went, as his wife had probably given his dinner to the dog. He said she had given up on him many years ago. He shook hands for the very last time, and we agreed that we would have a good chat if we bump into each other in the future.
I found out that Alan was a Lecturer in Essex University, he was very proud to tell me he is 76, and currently an Author & Lecturer. He has also appeared on many TV shows to share his knowledge. At this I said I hadn’t realised I was chatting to a celebrity, to which he just laughed. He has plenty of work to keep him busy and the thing that gives him the greatest pleasure is to pass on his historical knowledge to others who are interested.
Alan was such a lovely charming man, and so polite. I thoroughly enjoyed his company, and his knowledge of Cardiff is excellent, and I have now picked up several pieces of history that I can share with others.
Alan if anyone ever switches a computer on for you and shows you your photo, thank you for one of the most informative and enjoyable conversations I have ever had on the street. Oh, and for the pose!
I first saw Demi in Church Street, Cardiff, selling food in a doorway that was part of a restaurant. I was in Cardiff shooting amonget the crowds that had come to Cardiff for the Wales v Scotland Rugby International. I noticed her a few more times as I made my way through the crowds. What attracted me to her was her, pretty face that seemed to glow with the smile that seemed to be permanently on her face, and topped with a scarf tied on her head as they used to wear in the 40’s. I’m not sure these are fully fashionable these days, what do I know about fashion, but I see more girls wearing scarves like this lately. I think it changes a girls look dramatically.
When the game started the streets were almost empty. Those with tickets were inside the Millennium Stadium, and those without were in the pubs watching the game. I walked back along Church Street and Demi was still there. I took a few candid shots as I wasn’t able to earlier due to the crowds. I then approached her as she didn’t have any customers and explained the project and asked if I could take a few shots. She agreed straight away.
There was no room for movement as Demi was in a side doorway of the restaurant, so I took the shots there, in between Demi shouting “Hot Dogs” to pull people in. The first shots had lights from the hallway behind her, so I moved to the side which put the doorframe in, but was less obtrusive than the lights.
Demi explained that this was the last International she was doing. I didn’t get any more information from Demi as she was working, so I left, and heard Demi calling out “Hot Dogs, Get your Hot Dogs here.”
Thank you Demi for allowing me to photograph you. You are a very elegant woman and I hope you like the shot.
I met Tim at Kellys Records in Cardiff’s Indoor Central Market. I was in there looking for shots but had stopped at Kellys to ask about selling a load of vinyl albums that are taking up space in my house, and I haven’t even got a record deck to play them on. I spoke to Tim regarding this and arranged to make a list. He insisted that they would be interested as some of the albums are over 35 years old, but would not touch any easy listening or classical. I talked to Tim for a good while about what sells, then asked if he would be up for joining my 100 Strangers Project. No problem was the reply.
Tim is a Cardiff boy and was in the same school year at Whitchurch High School as Sam Warburton, Captain of Wales, and the British Lions Rugby Teams, and also Gareth Bale, who last year transferred from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid for the highest ever fee in football of £85.3 million (€100 million), and is reported to earn £300,000 per week. Tim said he wasn’t very sporty in school and preferred spending time in his bedroom listening to music. Tim said he doesn’t wish he was as successful as Sam & Gareth, but he wouldn’t mind some of their money!
Tim has worked on and off at Kellys since he was in school, when he worked as a Saturday Boy.
The light in the market seemed OK, but with my camera set on Auto ISO, should have checked, I wasn’t 100% happy with the results even though they had looked fine on the camera monitor, but after editing I am pleased with the result. I had taken some of Tim inside the stall but they weren’t helped with the lighting in there.
Thank you Tim for allowing me to photograph you, and also an interesting conversation. Hope you’re happy with the shot if you look in.
I was sitting on a church wall, (well it’s now an allsorts discount store), on Albany Road in one of the suburbs of Cardiff, taking shots whilst sitting there. I looked to my right and this gorgeous girl had come around the corner, walking with a man. This was Sophia! I ran off a few shots and I could see the look on their faces was a sort of inquisitive, not wholly happy one. I had noticed the man a little earlier and he was chugging.
They came and sat on the wall further along from me and were soon joined by another man. A 3rd man then joined them. Sophia and one of the men then got up and walked away and I thought that was the last I would see of Sophia.
I went for a 5 minute walk along the street and returned to sit on the wall to take more shots as my intention was a little project to view the street from the wall. To my surprise Sophia had returned and she joined 2 of the men in geting their chugging uniforms on to start work. Sophia was working the corner of the street by the wall where I was sitting. Every now and again, in between her approaching people we would chat mostly about the charity she was collecting for. It was during this time that she told me she was from Berlin. I was amazed as her English was so good with only a slight accent that I couldn’t place. She explained that some people think she is from South Africa. This was because she had been staying in France with some South Afrians. She explained that she was raising donations for people in extreme poverty around the world. I was determined to ask her to become a stranger for the project, but it wouldn’t be right to interrupt her. Eventually just before I was about to leave she was about to have a break, so I approached her with the request, and without hesitation she agreed.
I had to find the best place as I couldn’t take her away from her work, but we were in a n open spot and the sun was coming and going. She removed her work tabbard as it would not be acceptable to take photos with her wearing it, which I respected. I took a few shots and she asked how I would like her to pose and I said just be yourself and smile. This is the Shot!
I would really like to thank you Sophia for allowing me to take your photo for my project. I hope I have spelled your name right. If you would like a copy of the shot and others I took please get in touch.
I sat down on one of the benches in Cardiff to rest and watch what was going on around me. there was a lady sitting next to me and we struck up a conversation.
Her name is Margaret and lives in Builth Wells, which is in Mid Wales. She told me her husband was originally from Pontypridd, which is where I live, so we had a good chat about the area, which she still visits to see family. She explained that although she drives, she doesn’t drive to Cardiff any more, preferring to travel by bus.
The subject turned to the weather, and I said that the forecast for Tuesday was a full day of sunshine. She replied that she was happy about that, as she was playing golf on Tuesday.
During the conversation we talked about my photography and she told me that one year when she was at Wimbledon, a cameraman came up right in front of her and filmed. She began laughing when she told me, that night on the BBC News they played the footage of the tennis, which included a couple of seconds of Margaret. She said all her friends began contacting her telling her she was famous, and asking her for her autograph. This was opening. I said to Margaret that she didn’t mind having her photograph taken, to which she replied “No”.
I explained about the project and would she mind being part of it. She said it would be OK, “but not too close.” I took a couple of shots, then moved back slightly to keep with her wishes. I told her it was OK to smile, at which she burst out laughing, (the shot I used). When I finished shooting I showed her the screen. It was a bit bright, but on looking she was very pleased with what she saw, and began laughing again.
We sat talking for a while before she had to leave to catch her bus. Thank you so much Margaret for becoming part of my project. You are a wonderful lady and you show that age does not stop you doing anything, and you can lead a full life. People like you make this project so much fun and interesting. Please contact me for a copy of the photo.
I was on holiday with my wife, Irene last week in Amsterdam. Whilst there we took a trip to Keukenhof to see the beautiful gardens. There are over 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths over 32 hectares (80 acres). Also at the show were pavillions for events to show other flowers and at the time we were there, was the “Art at Keukenhof” event.
We were looking at the artists working and also exhibiting, when Irene pointed out these incrdible portraits, and this is when I met Ivo. Irene commented to Ivo that she thought his work was excellent. To which he stopped painting and thanked her. We were enthralled by his painting “The Moment”, which is the painting behind him in the shot. His explanation of the painting was also enthralling. He explained to us that he had seen the two men a few years before at Keukenhof. He watched as they walked around the exhibitions for about 25 minutes. They didn’t seem to know each other and there was never any interaction between them. The man behind never once passed the man in front, always staying behind him, but once, and only once, the man in front stopped to look at something and the man behind looked over his shoulder to see what he was looking at then they continued as before.
Ivo could see we were interested in his work, and began to tell us that he was born in Amsterdam and had studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Acadamie and was taught by renowned Dutch artists Piet Klaasse and Herman Gordijn who were great influences on him. He then told us other stories behind more of his paintings. It was so interesting, and for me was the highlight of the day. For Irene it was the highlight of the whole trip.
I asked him why only the one man was painted and the other not. He had a simple answer “because I am lazy”. I don’t know if that is true or he was just joking. You will see that the man the picture is only painted at the top half, and line sketches continue down. This is a style of Ivo’s, and what makes his work so interesting, it makes the painted parts stand out so more. This is what I find so interesting, as people sometimes say to me that I often only shoot the top of people, and there are no legs in the shot. Unless someone is wearing something unusual or there is something to attract the eye, then I am only interested in the top half of the body. This is why I think I liked Ivo’s work so much. Added to that he is a fantastic artist as the detail in his work shows.
What also appeals to me is that he has other work which he calls “Human Figures Frozen” in which he works on paintings of people who are unaware. In other words “Candid”. Anyone who has seen my work knows that is where I am at home. I won’t pinch his title though, however good it is and will stick to candid.
Irene, who draws and paints then got into a conversation about the actual methods of his work and how to improve hers, as she hasn’t done any for a while. I left them to it as I can’t even drawer a pair of curtains, never mind paint.
When they had finished talking, I asked Ivo if I could take his shot for my Flickr Project and he replied with “sure”. I asked him to stand in front of his “The Moment” painting, and took 2 shots. The first at f2.8, and the other at f5.6. When loading them into Photoshop to convert them to jpg, I preferred to go with the f5.6. Although the f2.8 gave more separation from the painting, I felt that would degrade the image, and after all the painting is Ivo, so should stand proud. I hope you agree.
I would like to thank you so much Ivo for becoming part of my 100 Strangers Project. Irene would like to thank you even more for inspiring her to pick up her pencils again. To the lady you called your “Life”, I would assume is your wife, but I should not assume, I would like to apologise for the fact that we were so enthralled by the painting and both your friendliness, that I forgot to ask your name. I will email the shots to you, along with a link and will try to find time to visit your gallery when we next return to Holland.
You can see Ivo’s fantastic artwork on his site www.theotherportrait.nl/
I was walking through Cardiff Town Centre on my first shoot since returning from Amsterdam when I saw Peter & Noel. I ran off a couple of shots of them sitting on a bench in The Hayes, in the sunshine. Once I got the shots I walked over to them and Noel (on the right), said “I thought I recognised the guy taking a photograph of us.” I shook his hand and also Peter’s.
You may be thinking how so familiar when this is supposed to be a stranger project. Well, a couple of months ago I saw 2 old men sitting on a bench at The Hayes and there were workmen around. A while later as I retraced my steps, I saw just one of the men. I went and sat on the bench next to him, and we exchanged words and started a conversation. This was Noel. He has trouble walking far, and just as I was about to ask to take his shot for the 100 Strangers a golf buggy pulled up next to us. Cardiff City Coucil, supply buggies to aid people with walking difficulties get around the city. Well that was it.
Return to today, Noel recognised me. He explained to Peter who I was. It turns out it was Peter with him that day. It turns out it is Peter that is with him every Wednesday in Cardiff.
They are retired steel workers from the valleys and worked together for over 40 years. They travel down from their respective homes, Peter in Hafodyrynys and Noel in Cross Keys in the Gwent Valleys every Wednesday. They always visit Slaters the men’s outfitters, and Peter was carrying a Slaters bag. They stand out as they are dressed so smart. I commented on this and Noel said no. I said “look around us, everybody is in jeans, & tshirts, and there are no men as smart as you too. Look at that fella there he looks smart, but he hasn’t got a tie, scruffy sod!” They agreed in roars of laughter. I said they reminded me of Penn & Teller, as Peter was so quiet.
Noel told me that the previous week a photographer had approached him and asked if he could take a few shots of his walking stick, and proceeded to take a few shots from different angles. “Cheeky Sod” Noel said, “He didn’t want to take pictures of us, just of my bloody walking stick!” Roars of laughter.
I sat with them for a good while and they asked where I had been taking photos and I told them I had been to Amsterdam. The first thing they both asked me was if I had seen the ladies in the windows. I explained that I hadn’t as it wasn’t a good place to take pictures as you were likely to lose your camera. Then came the stories they had heard about the ladies in the windows and the funny stuff they smoke over there. I chatted to them for over half an hour and what great company they are. Noel said he was going to set off, and Peter said that Noel would go as far as the bench about 200 hundred yards away, sit down then, move to another just outside the Shopping Mall, sit down and carry on until he got where he wanted to get. I gave each of them a card and Noel said he hasn’t got the internet. Peter said his wife has got a phone that can get it, and also his children. (So mail me Peter, or at least get one of your kids to do it so I can send you the photos.) At that point a buggy came past and they waved him down. The banter started again as Noel boarded, the driver knows him as well.
I couldn’t separate these for the shot as they are like a double act.
I’m not in Cardiff very often on a Wednesday, but next time I am I will be heading to The Hayes to have a chat to my new found friends. If you are there on a Wednesday stop and have a chat and I guarantee you a good laugh.
I have been very fortunate to have met some lovely people since starting in Street Photography, but today I had the pleasure of meeting, talking to and photographing one of the most beautiful and friendly women I have ever had the pleasure to meet.
The lady’s name is Milan. I first saw her outside The Old Library in Victoria Place, Cardiff. She was sitting on the floor, just finishing a caricature of someone. Milan offers FREE caricatures of people, and people then tip her. This is great as people with not so much money can have one, unlike Street Artists who quite often ask a good price that may be too much for a student or someone is out of work to pay.
I then walked along the street, shooting as I went, whilst Milan was drawing. I returned about 15 minutes later and took the opportunity to speak to Milan. I asked her if she would mind me taking some shots of her for the 100 Strangers project and explained it to her. We chatted for a while and she said she was from Jamaica. I found this so ironic as during my walk, I had taken a few shots getting low for the shot, and had been walking and singing in my head “Bend Down Low” by Bob Marley. I told her that the only place I knew in Jamaica was Kingston, and she replied that she comes from just outside Kingston. I then knelt and squatted down to get a few posed shots. I think you’ll agree what a beautiful woman Milan is.
I showed Milan the shots and also the ones I had taken over and she was very pleased. We chatted further and she explained that her intention is to travel around Europe, and we spoke about one place in particular, Hungary as my brother in law is from there. I had a great time chatting to Milan, we discussed so many topics, even the ones you are told not to talk about, namely, Race, Religion & World Politics. What a knowledgeable young lady she is. I thanked her for the shots and told her what a pleasurable experience chatting to her was and that she had made my day.
Thank you so much Milan for allowing me to take your photograph, and the enjoyable & knowledgeable conversation we had. Also for the happiness you bring to people with your drawing and your friendly outgoing nature. Please get in touch for a copy of the shots. If I see you in Cardiff next time I am there, if you are still in Cardiff, I will find time to sit for you and help your Travelling Fund!
If you travel to Cardiff over the next few weeks, look out for Milan. You will see what a lovely woman is. Let her draw your caricature and you can also help her with her Travelling Fund.
I met Ellee in Cardiff. She comes from Exeter but now lives in Cardiff, coming via Bristol.
You can see the other candid shots and more info by Clicking Here.
I met Florian, who is a Street Hypnotist whilst I was in Toulouse, France. He is a native of Toulouse, and speaks very good English. You can see the other candid shots and more info by Clicking Here. I was sitting on a bench in Bath, enjoying the sun and getting the odd shot, when I noticed two older ladies looking for a seat. I shuffled over and picked up my camera bag and put it on my lap, then gestured towards the rest of the bench. The ladies were so grateful and Olive said, “You are so kind”. Brenda & Olive, who are sisters, are more mature ladies, but I won’t give their ages even though like most older people they tell you their age withing minutes of meeting them. They are from Bristol, but as the conversation went on they told me their Father was from Swansea in Wales. They were pleased when I said it was OK for me to talk to them as they were half Welsh. They went on to tell me about a trip they took when on a day trip to Swansea to visit the little village where their Father was born and grew up. You could tell by the way they spoke about it how much it meant to them. We spent about half an hour just chatting and watching people go by before I stood up and got a few shots. I think this one shows the cheekiness and humour of these two ladies. It was a very pleasant time meeting and chatting to such lovely happy ladies.
I met Florian, who is a Street Hypnotist whilst I was in Toulouse, France. He is a native of Toulouse, and speaks very good English.
You can see the other candid shots and more info by Clicking Here.
I was sitting on a bench in Bath, enjoying the sun and getting the odd shot, when I noticed two older ladies looking for a seat. I shuffled over and picked up my camera bag and put it on my lap, then gestured towards the rest of the bench. The ladies were so grateful and Olive said, “You are so kind”.
Brenda & Olive, who are sisters, are more mature ladies, but I won’t give their ages even though like most older people they tell you their age withing minutes of meeting them.
They are from Bristol, but as the conversation went on they told me their Father was from Swansea in Wales. They were pleased when I said it was OK for me to talk to them as they were half Welsh. They went on to tell me about a trip they took when on a day trip to Swansea to visit the little village where their Father was born and grew up. You could tell by the way they spoke about it how much it meant to them.
We spent about half an hour just chatting and watching people go by before I stood up and got a few shots. I think this one shows the cheekiness and humour of these two ladies. It was a very pleasant time meeting and chatting to such lovely happy ladies.