Peter - stranger #13 by Nigel Rumsey

Peter Beeson, artist, eating lunch in St. Ives The Digey, St. Ives, Cornwall

I interrupted Peter eating a lunch of roast duck and roast potatoes outside this restaurant in St. Ives. He had a digital Leica sitting on the table and he kindly let me try it out. We got talking about film vs digital the pros and the cons - as you do.

Peter works as an artist, based in St. Ives, and shoots landscapes. I can't remember if he said he painted from life or the photograph. A really confident guy, I got the impression nothing would phase him!

Sorry about interrupting your lunch Peter.

Leica M6, Kodak Tri-x, HC-110 'B' - 7 mins.

Linda - stranger #12 by Nigel Rumsey

Linda Weir artist painting on the harbour arm St. IvesHarbour, St. Ives, Cornwall

During the summer Linda paints in her VW camper on the harbour St. Ives. A more beautiful place to paint it's hard to think of.

We had a great chat, Linda was explaining the differences in light on the water. As a photographer I think I see more than most but when you're painting the same scene over weeks and months you really see!

Thanks Linda.

Leica M6, Kodak Tri-x, HC-110 'B' - 7 mins.

Ellie - stranger #5 by Nigel Rumsey

Ellie a stranger I met on the street in London Wardour Street, London

I shouldn't have been surprised when Ellie said she worked as a model, she was very striking (and tall), more so than I've made her look here.

I think I've got my 'can I ...' introduction down, but it's still a little nerve racking approaching a very attractive girl on the street and asking if you can take their portrait. As with everyone I've asked so far she was very cool about it. She was in London with friends on a trip from her native Tyneside, where she's studying.

She said if I was ever in the area and needed a model I should look her up, and if I ever had the budget I would. Remember the name Ellie Berry, she just might be big one day!

One thing I need to take more note of when taking these portraits is the background, I really don't like that big block of bright sky to the right side of the frame.

Nikon F3, Kodak Tri-X @ 800, HC-110 'B' 8mins