Stranger #11: The prevented Smoker, Paris

From the album Triptychs of Strangers

Stranger #11: The prevented Smoker, Paris

About this shot I was standing in front of Les deux Magots and it was the first time I was actually waiting for a stranger. This stranger was part of group of three … Normally I try to avoid picking up strangers in these kind of constellations. Even if your stranger is interested he might have the feeling of breaking his or her friends ball with this "15 minutes of Fame" kinda thing.

About this stranger Before I explained the concept he said: "Excuse me: I was sitting in the cafe for hours and I really need a cigarette now. If you don't mind …"

Paulo is 36 years old, a parisian. He is an perfectionist personal assistant by day and after hours he might be cooking Chou Farci ("You really don't know?") a cabbage roll. His relationship status single and he is gay. His favorite movie is My Girl with Anna Chlumsky and Macaulay Culkin. I loved how he said "Sooooo emotional" with his slight french accent.

Probably the most elegant stranger I met so far.