Well another roll of film rattled through the Holga today. The fair weather seems to be continuing so am grabbing it with both hands and getting some shots where I can. Trying to get into a bit of a people zone at the moment. Candid stuff from the hip and asking which is cool. Always good to push yourself outside of the comfort zone. Not a place I am always happy going but the process is interesting and is developing another skill which I was lacking in.
I am finding the Holga great for the from the hip shot. Feather light and never taken seriously which is cool. I have even taped over the Holga logo just so that white writing isn't staring at them. kinda worked a treat today. Well I'm saying that I pick up the film tomorrow so we shall see!
So today's shot is from Saturday in Bath. This guy was wandering the streets offering free hugs. I spent about 20 minutes clocking the area as I was convinced there must be hidden cameras....perhaps there were! He was getting so many people coming up for a hug and I kid you not he didn't stop smiling the whole damn time. I guess it might have been wind. I did ask him if I could take the shot. However it would appear that very little in life is free and the price I had to pay was with a hug! I must say it was very nice and kind of elevated my already buoyant mood so a good job done. An addition to the above as a result of information supplied by Persephone. It would appear that there is a Free Hugs campaign started by Juan Mann. A man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.
If you are interested in reading about Hugh's personal journey with free hugs then he has a couple of web sites you can visit. Why not pop by and say hi here and here.
If you are interested in Bath city centre and just where Hugh was giving out hugs here is an aerial view of the area.
Sleep wrapped you in green leaves like a tree
you breathed like a tree in the quiet light
in the limpid spring I looked at your face:
eyelids closed, eyelashes brushing the water.
In the soft grass my fingers found your fingers
I held your pulse a moment
and felt elsewhere your heart's pain
ΜΥΘΙΣΤΟΠΗΜΑ 15 - Γιώργος Σεφέρης