100 Strangers Project - Stranger 1/100 - Eileen
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.
© Rob Huntley 2012