Portraits of people I never knew before

So I went to France and London with some of my brothers recently, and it was awesome.

 An awesome self portrait of my brothers and I at Tuileries Garden, about 5 minutes walk from Champs-Élysées. This is actually 9 photos stitched together using the Brenizer Method. I used a tripod to shoot it. It was a pretty tricky technique.  That's me, on the right.

An awesome self portrait of my brothers and I at Tuileries Garden, about 5 minutes walk from Champs-Élysées. This is actually 9 photos stitched together using the Brenizer Method. I used a tripod to shoot it. It was a pretty tricky technique.

That's me, on the right.

Before I left I thought about what I wanted to get out this trip photographically. I set my targets to do some awesome self portraits of myself and my brothers at cool sites, and take really nice photos of people I never knew. I often take photos of strangers when I'm on holiday because, well, I don't really know actually.

I guess I just find it cool to take photos of people I don't know anything about. 

The difference this time would be that I would ask them if I could take a photo of them first, then I would take their email address and send them the photo's later. It's a challenge because I find approaching a total stranger and asking them something like this is quite scary, and they might reject me. I recently did a work shop with Ett Venter and he said every human being should force themselves to approach strangers and talk to them because it's good for you.

I'm so glad I did it, it meant that I got some awesome photos of some awesome people. 

If you're one of these awesome people please would you post a comment in the box at the bottom telling me what you thought when I approached you, and what you think of the pictures. It would be really cool to know.

Karlien Murray from @Photo was kind enough to lend me a full Fuji X-T1 kit to test out. These were all shot on it. This camera is blowing my mind. Having full DSLR equivalent quality imaging combined with incredible glass in a lightweight mirrorless camera that I could comfortably just keep slung on my shoulder the entire trip was amazing. But more about that another time. 

 First there was this couple at the Eiffel Tower, most people that I approached here clutched onto their bags and weren't keen at all, this guy was game though and managed to convince the lady it would be ok. She clutched her bag too.  Shoutout to my brother Ariel for being my human light stand for this shot and not letting me back out once I told him my idea about photographing strangers. Big thanks must also go to the bag of funky cutlery we left behind at a restaurant round the corner. If we never had to mission back to fetch the cutlery I would have never taken this photo.    EDIT: Robin, the guy in this picture, has since contacted me about the photo and told me that I got it wrong. He wasn't keen on having the photo and it was in fact her that convinced him! Haha. Talk about language barriers.   I really hope you guys like the picture!

First there was this couple at the Eiffel Tower, most people that I approached here clutched onto their bags and weren't keen at all, this guy was game though and managed to convince the lady it would be ok. She clutched her bag too.

Shoutout to my brother Ariel for being my human light stand for this shot and not letting me back out once I told him my idea about photographing strangers. Big thanks must also go to the bag of funky cutlery we left behind at a restaurant round the corner. If we never had to mission back to fetch the cutlery I would have never taken this photo. 

EDIT: Robin, the guy in this picture, has since contacted me about the photo and told me that I got it wrong. He wasn't keen on having the photo and it was in fact her that convinced him! Haha. Talk about language barriers.

I really hope you guys like the picture!

 This girl is only 14 and she was performing for the first time during this open mic show. She performed so well. Her buddy on guitar was very encouraging, and he played brilliantly too.

This girl is only 14 and she was performing for the first time during this open mic show. She performed so well. Her buddy on guitar was very encouraging, and he played brilliantly too.

 These two were soaking up the sun and having lunch next to my brother and I while we were doing the same. I heard them giggling away the whole time, then decided to approach them just before we left. They work in fashion, and they were very friendly, and told us about some cool spots to go to, which we never wound up going to, but thanks anyway guys!

These two were soaking up the sun and having lunch next to my brother and I while we were doing the same. I heard them giggling away the whole time, then decided to approach them just before we left. They work in fashion, and they were very friendly, and told us about some cool spots to go to, which we never wound up going to, but thanks anyway guys!

 I don't know where this guy was going, but he looked so super stylish that I had to ask him for a photo before he jumped on his train.

I don't know where this guy was going, but he looked so super stylish that I had to ask him for a photo before he jumped on his train.

 This guy juggles things.

This guy juggles things.

 I find it amusing that I walked over the Millennium Bridge and I don't have a photo of it, but I have a photo of this lady getting an interesting angle for her photo of it. I promised her this photo would be a good one, but if she doesn't like it I'm sure she will like the next one.

I find it amusing that I walked over the Millennium Bridge and I don't have a photo of it, but I have a photo of this lady getting an interesting angle for her photo of it. I promised her this photo would be a good one, but if she doesn't like it I'm sure she will like the next one.

 I also got this photo of her sneaking around the bottom floor of the Tate Modern gallery, I suspect she was taking photos of strangers too.

I also got this photo of her sneaking around the bottom floor of the Tate Modern gallery, I suspect she was taking photos of strangers too.

 This guy was at the information desk at the Tate, he told us the ways of the gallery and was really friendly. He also has awesome glasses. His name is Adrian.

This guy was at the information desk at the Tate, he told us the ways of the gallery and was really friendly. He also has awesome glasses. His name is Adrian.

 I have to admit, I took a photo of this girl taking it all in before I asked her, unlike the others who I approached first. The moment was too perfect to ruin, but I did approach her afterwards, she was totally cool about it.

I have to admit, I took a photo of this girl taking it all in before I asked her, unlike the others who I approached first. The moment was too perfect to ruin, but I did approach her afterwards, she was totally cool about it.

 Another sneaky photo before asking, it's slightly more weird when you tell them you took the photo before you approach them, but these two were totally cool with it, especially after they saw the photo. Believe it or not this guy was actually from South Africa in his youth, and I think he said he'll even be back for a holiday in December.   They were having an interesting looking conversation, in a really interesting spot. In fact, they're architects and that was an architectural exhibition they were chatting in the midst of. Pretty cool.

Another sneaky photo before asking, it's slightly more weird when you tell them you took the photo before you approach them, but these two were totally cool with it, especially after they saw the photo. Believe it or not this guy was actually from South Africa in his youth, and I think he said he'll even be back for a holiday in December. 

They were having an interesting looking conversation, in a really interesting spot. In fact, they're architects and that was an architectural exhibition they were chatting in the midst of. Pretty cool.

 These guys actually asked me to take a photo of them for a change. They were walking by as I was trying to get a nice photo of my brother and his wife and one of them asked if I was taking photos of his friends, I said I wasn't but could if he wanted me to.

These guys actually asked me to take a photo of them for a change. They were walking by as I was trying to get a nice photo of my brother and his wife and one of them asked if I was taking photos of his friends, I said I wasn't but could if he wanted me to.

If you're one of these awesome people pictured in this blog post please would you post a comment in the box below telling me what you thought when I approached you, and what you think of the pictures. It would be really cool to know.