Spot – The Ginger Project
April 1, 2009
My strategy is now about stopping young people with ginger hair on the street, explaining the idea behind the project, and if they are willing – photographing them… Early days. I want to use fill-in flash to ‘lift’ the portraits, but haven’t found a way of using the Metz effectively yet.
So far, I’ve photographed in Reading, Basingstoke, Cheltenham and Newport. I’m coming to a few conclusions about young people with red or ginger hair: they are the sort of people who say, ‘yes’, even when they feel self-conscious; they say ‘yes’ not because of vanity, but because they want to help me; they have lovely faces and beautiful hair – and mostly they don’t realise how gorgeous they are! Oh to have been born a redhead!