This shot, apart from being converted into B&W is as is. It was taken on the very busy day In Brighton when thousands of people decended to be apart of the Brighton Naked Bike ride. Again, with a very valid and positive reason to rally.
Whilst I waited for the bikers to arrive (and this lady was still there when I photographed the riders go by). She was opposite a busy bar, at full capacity, and people came and went over a 40 minute period, sat on the bench next to her, conversed, laughed and joked..but, not one person said/looked anything to this lady, or asked if she was ok.
I am not very good at street journalism, and seeing this lady through my lens made me uncomfortable. I took my shots of the bikers as they streamed through in their hundreds, then sat and took in the body language of others around this lady on the bench. (avoidance, is the best I can describe it)
I took afew shots, when I had enough courage, went straight over and gently nudged her to ask if she was ok….
This lady, although alittle shabby in appearance, and multi-layered on what was one of the hottest days of the year in the South-East, was pleasantly supprised at my concern. In point of fact, this Lady, well educated and travelled, was well adapt at conversation.
I sat down on the floor, and we discussed her life, world travels and general experiences, which had caused her to be in Brighton on this busy day.
We spoke for over 30 minutes, I enjoyed her conversation emmensly, and I hope she enjoyed mine. I then helped her to move into the shade, so she would not end up with heatstroke and proffered some water and said it really was important with sooo many layers, she didnt dehydrate in the heat.
What irks me is that this woman was a fountain of information, life experience and humility. My crossing with this lady will not be forgotten..most of all because
We really, should not judge a book by it’s cover & that is relevant enough for me….