Second Brit in the one day
What i really enjoy about this project is the honesty. You ask for a photo, its yes or no. You ask for an opinion on the community and you get it in spades!
This is Lami and she too is from England, this day I also photographed another Brit who you might remember D_. (check out her story if you haven’t yet). Another thing about Newtown, so far I have spoken to three people with the most amazing and beautiful quirky names. Love it!
Lami had been in Newtown for all of about a week and was couch surfing with friends as she explored this lovely country of ours. I caught sight of Lami first on her way to the shops but I didn’t get a chance to ask for a photo and I was pretty pissed about that, but as fate would have it she walked back about ten minutes later and I wasn’t going to let the opportunity escape me.
Side note, its not easy asking for a photo and a story from a stranger. I find my imagination goes into overdrive, what will they think, what if they hate me blah blah blah. Really its a choice, Risk or Reward. Risk is pretty low, at worst, sorry not thanks mate. At best, you get a great story and photo. So that’s how I pluck my courage, I just say to myself Risk or Reward.
Back to Lami. I asked Lami what has she enjoyed about Newtown and straight away she said the Courthouse (this is a bloody brilliant pub, best beer garden in Sydney mark my words!) Not unusual for a pom to mention a pub as a highlight.
As we chatted I asked her what her impressions of Newtown are. I got a cheeky grin and I quote “its a bit grimy and dirty, but that’s cool because from time to time I like to get dirty”. Ok, cool yeah, I dig that, now I realise I end up sounding like a GIT. Refocus Coops, I then ask what’s it like contrasted to London (I think I am a bit cool using the word contrast while taking a picture and then I realise that no one but me thinks I’m even a bit cool). Lami likes the people she has met in Newtown, in London everyone is very “la-de-dah” where Newtown has an edgy coolness about it. People have funk! Its where you can come and slum it for a while, in a good way.
I asked if this is the place she would like to live if she moved to Australia, without a word of a lie and within a second she said “no Bondi for the beach”. Who would have guessed someone from England would want to live in Bondi, by the beach……
Thank Lami for your Newtown,