Sunday, 17 October 2010

Stranger #6: Cathy, Rowing Mother

Just to be clear, Cathy is a mother of a rower.... not a mother who rows.

I met her at the Head Race I attended today that my son competed in. Cathy's son Ed also participated & we got to have a pleasant time chatting on the bank.

As parents of rowers we end up spending unreasonable amounts of time on riverbanks, waiting for a few seconds of excitement as our offspring row past, shouting ourselves hoarse in the meantime...... plus doing a taxi service to take them to training sessions 5 or 6 times a week.

When I asked her to pose she was happy to do so.... I chose the classic head & shoulders pose rather than the 3/4 length pose so she could proudly display the bulging bag containing a souvenir from her dog.

I am sure we will see each other again on the riverbank sometime.

p.s. A "Head Race" is a race where the entire field of competitors start at approx 30 second intervals over course usually 2km-5km. Each boat is individually timed.

This picture is #5 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at

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