It wasn’t just that she had an amazing tattoo but the freaking art was on her bald head!! The photographer in me wanted to jump up and click her photo but I am what they call (politely) a chicken. Approaching a complete stranger and such a striking women at that – unnhhunhhh, I might as well cut my arm rather than put myself out there. If there is one thing that stops me from becoming a street photographer – its my total and utter shyness. This was one of the biggest block I was fighting against and always lost. So many times I have taken my camera to Orchard road to click “the strangers in my city “- roamed for hours and come back not having taken a single photo – cause I could not approach a single person. But fortune was on my side the day I saw Marie, a good friend was with me and he all but kicked me to go and approach her.
My heart was pounding and I dont know how my legs carried me but some how there I was standing in front of her putting on a oscar worthy performance of “not-afraid”. The first thing I do is give her my card and pointing to Anu’s photo on it blurt out “that is my wife” (as if having a wife was going to make me sound less of a creep – doing what i was doing!) Somehow after the first few words were out of my system I felt courage trickling in and managed to convey the fact the I was a photographer and would love to photographer her.
Although full of myself for actually having “grown a pair” ( as wifey eloquently put it when I told her of the incident), I wasn’t really expecting to hear from Marie again. But the Facebook Gods smiled at me with a message notification in a few days and we arranged for a photoshoot. Marie later tells me she did massive internet search on me, talked to her boyfriend and arrived to the conclusion that I wasn’t really a creep (phewwww :))
Marie is a photographer herself and it was her first time in Singapore to showcase her work. Not only did i get to photograph her but also had a chance to see her work which was truly inspiring.
Her website address is http://www.mariemons.fr/Parcours
Stay Fabulous !