Portrait of a Stranger 1

Helen Vercoe

Middleton, Australia

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Nikon D90 18-200mm VR lens @52mm
ISO 160 f/5.6 1/320 Hoya UV filter

Spent the day at Mannum in SA with my good friend Susan (a producer with the ABC Open – Riverland) “working” on the current National Portrait of a Stranger Project. As described on the ABC site the project ‘Portrait Of A Stranger invites you to take a series of portraits of strangers, and learn new social, photographic and technical skills.
In this project, you will need to find a willing subject; someone who is a stranger and who is happy to share their story. Capture your subject in a single photograph and short written piece of up to 200 words. Challenge yourself to talk to and photograph at least five strangers, and to find out a bit more about each person you meet.

It was a fascinating experience that took me out of my comfort zone, approaching strangers and asking them tell me their story and take their photograph. Very rewarding and interesting.

Steven lives in the Adelaide Hills and was in Mannum picking up a few empty beer kegs (after having lunch with his parents) to take to his property a few kilometres out of Mannum in the Mallee Scrub. The property has been in the family for many years and he stays in a humpy made out of besser blocks, that has been added to over the years – ‘a work in progress’ as he described it.
He was going to make a “potbelly” stove out of one and a hot water system out of the other.
He told me that the property has no electricity or water so he will have to collect rainwater and use a wood fire to heat it. He said that he was lucky as the property used to lop mallee wood, so there was plenty of it still lying around to use, ‘just have to pick it up!’.

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