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Portrait Of A Stranger: 15 by Mat Robinson

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Here is my latest addition to my 100 strangers project –
For all other strangers see my Facebook Page

Canon 450D
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Natural light – (waiting for a day with nice light, that is)
Taken on the high street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK.

Featured In:

  • The Silky Touch
  • British Portrait Artists (01/01/2012)
  • People and Portraiture (17/03/2012)


  • Dean Mucha
    Dean Muchaabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful, I like the background too!

  • Thank you – it does always make it interesting having such busy backgrounds… I try not to pose them specifically to alter it!

    – Mat Robinson

  • Peter Stone
    Peter Stoneabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic portrait capture

  • Thanks Peter! Glad you like it.

    – Mat Robinson

  • kenroome
    kenroomeabout 3 years ago

    Yes, I like the background too…it give the candid portrait demensional character. But her expression…wow, what she gave you is incredible. How much communication happens between yourself and subjects? Is your project explained and do you ask for any particular pose? Just wondering.

  • Hi… well it is really quite simple but can vary from person to person. I usually try to catch them at a spot with nothing too close behind them, out of the sunlight etc. so that posing takes care of itself. I just ask if I can take their photo as part of a project I’m doing and I can’t remember the last person that said no… must have been about 10 people ago. Some people ask a bit more, about where it will go etc… so I have cards prepared with a link to my page for them.

    The only thing I ask them to do is to not smile – however that sometimes leads to a natural smile which is absolutely fine – I just don’t want a forced camera smile.

    So overall it only takes a minute or so, you should give it a go – very fun!

    – Mat Robinson

  • Jennifer Rhoades
    Jennifer Rhoadesabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful portrait! Compelling eyes.

  • Thank you, and yeah – I quite agree. Very glad you like it.

    – Mat Robinson

  • Ainsley Kellar Creations
    Ainsley Kellar...about 3 years ago


  • Thanks Ainsley, and for the fav!

    – Mat Robinson

  • SquarePeg
    SquarePegalmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you!

    – Mat Robinson

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you!

    – Mat Robinson

  • Kerry McFarland
    Kerry McFarlandover 2 years ago

    I love the clarity in this, and the straightforward nature of it. Really grabs me.

  • Thanks Kerry, glad you like it… I have 30 odd more like this if you fancy clicking through to my facebook page.

    – Mat Robinson

  • Craig Baron
    Craig Baronover 2 years ago

    Great shot. I love the detail in her eyes. Nice.

  • Thanks Craig, this was always one of my favourites to glad you agree!

    – Mat Robinson

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