I was wandering along the South Bank with my Hasselblad loaded with a roll of slide film when I met Irene. The film was out of date but the seller on ebay said it had been kept at a low temperature. It's been a long time since I'd used slide film with it's characteristic saturation so I was really looking forward to trying it out in my old film camera.
Irene was out with her production company making a short film about coffee with the unusual requirement that the video be shot in a vertical format. We'd spotted each others camera and ended up chatting for a while. I will often take advantage of situations like this. The ice has been broken so it's easier to ask someone for a portrait.
The colours of the carousel behind Irene have really been captured by the slide film without being too distracting from her enigmatic smile. This is one of my favourite street portraits for a while. I hope you like it too.
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