When I first spotted Alex he was wandering along quite relaxed and looking like he was in no particular hurry, so I approached him and popped the usual question. As so often is the case the reply was a slight shrug and "sure" without a care in the world. I handed him a card and explained about the project as I dug my camera out.
Alex works in recruitment and specialises in engineering so with no real common ground there (and lets face it, who wants to talk about work during their lunch break anyway) I asked what he liked to do in his spare time and discovered that he likes football and is a season ticket holder at St James' Park (for those familiar with English Premier League football I refuse to call it anything else). He's been going for a couple of seasons now and is obviously (again, to those familiar with English football) more than happy with the way our season has gone.
Next up I popped my usual maddest thing question, and got an immediate and superb answer ...
... I had a massage from an elephant in Thailand.
I was really tempted to leave that answer as it stood but ultimately I couldn't resist asking for an explanation. Whilst on holiday he volunteered to go in goal - or be the innkeeper as my son calls it ;) - so that an elephant could take a shot on goal. Afterwards though and having already volunteered he then found himself lying on the ground whilst the elephant gave him a massage by pressing down on him in various places with its feet. Sooner him than me!
Alex travels quite a lot and his favourite places are Thailand and New York, which he visits quite often.
Alex, thanks very much for helping me with my project - I hope you like the photo if you decide to look.
Please feel free to provide constructive critique on the technical aspects of this photograph.