Portrait of a Stranger 8

Helen Vercoe

Middleton, Australia

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Ronald Burgess

Nikon D90 18-200mm VR lens ISO 160 f/5.6 1/320

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.

Ronald lives in Williamstown in the Barossa Valley. He had just finished lunch at the Mannum Pub with his wife and son. He was going up to his son’s property to help him out fitting a new hot water system made out of old beer kegs. The property was purchased 32 years ago years ago by a family member. It was originally 1000-acre plot before they subdivided it into 100-acre blocks. Ronald told me that ‘it is such a magic place in winter’.

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