He was sitting quietly, outside the library, waiting for someone.
He was a bit taken aback to be approached but said yeah sure enthusiastically, if not a little quizzically. As soon as I took the shot, his friend arrived and I left him explaining to her what had just happened.
This is Toro.
I hung around near the State Library, again scouring faces in the crowds crossing the road, sitting on the steps, wandering into the library.
I saw her crossing the road, and the young man she was with was very quick to say yeah sure.
I asked her if she wanted to see the photo, but she said if I see it and don’t like it I might ask you to delete it. Best that I don’t see it. So I didn’t show her, but I’m pretty confident she wouldn’t have wanted me to delete it.
This is Amal.
He was Albert’s mate, bubbling through the mall.
You on Insta? he asked. I am, but I’m not sure how I might find you, I stumbled, feeling my age.
He took my phone, found his Instagram account and pushed the ‘follow’ button. There I am! Now, when I finish talking you say, ‘keep it Jaggy’. I look puzzled, until I realised he was making a video of us to beam out to his fans (of which I was now one), and on cue I told them all to ‘keep it Jaggy’.
Our photo shoot was far longer than the usual one-minute interaction I generally have with the strangers I shoot, and by the end of it I was exhausted. I told him he looked terrifying in this photo, and he laughed delightedly.
All the way from Sydney, this is Ian aka Jaggy.
He was exuberantly posing for photos with his friend in the mall, and I must admit I hesitated, but then decided to be brave.
He didn’t just say yeah sure, he cried exuberantly we has a fan!
He directed the photo shoot: take one of me full-length, Sharon; take one of me on two phones, Sharon; send them all to me, Sharon …
All the way from Kenya, this is Albert.
I caught her eye and she smiled.
I indicated with my camera. Yeah sure, she said, taking her headphones off.
This is Bella.
I couldn’t just walk past … not with that magnificent hair and beard.
Can I take your photo?
Yeah sure, he said, in what turns out to be a slightly Texan accent. We sat and chatted for a while, then he went back to work.
This is Junior.