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You thought no one in Woodford Green at the Tour de France was looking at you?

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 September 2014

One of the spectactors Cheryl is looking to trace (Picture: Cheryl Gabriel)

One of the spectactors Cheryl is looking to trace (Picture: Cheryl Gabriel)

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Spectators squinted, stretched and craned – but they probably didn’t expect any cameras to be trained on them as the Tour de France dashed through Woodford Green.

But an amateur photographer from Redbridge saw an opportunity in their anticipation, and is now on a mission to reunite them with their experiences by showing them a booklet of pictures she’s produced about the day.

Cheryl Gabriel left her Woodford home on July 7 hoping to capture the moment some 50 world-class cyclists sped along streets just yards from her house.

But it soon emerged that the riders weren’t going to be the day’s only spectacle.

Spectators lined the route on High Road as early as 11am, even though the race wasn’t due to pass by until the mid-afternoon.

Photographer Cheryl Gabriel (Picture: Sandra Rowse)Photographer Cheryl Gabriel (Picture: Sandra Rowse)

And like any photographer worth their salt, Cheryl – who was stood outside the Village Bookshop – saw an opportunity and took it.

“They were standing next to me and I thought they would make quite good subjects,” she said.

“Really I just focused on the people who make good pictures, because I like taking pictures of them.

She added: “It was more about the atmosphere. I don’t think anyone saw the race for more than 45 seconds. The build up was great, though – I was there for hours.”

Cheryl Gabriel has produced about half a dozen of the Tour de France booklets, and plans to order more if there's the interest (Picture: Cheryl Gabriel)Cheryl Gabriel has produced about half a dozen of the Tour de France booklets, and plans to order more if there's the interest (Picture: Cheryl Gabriel)

Now Cheryl is on a mission to find the individuals she caught unawares.

“If I can find the people, that’ll please me,” she said.

This is not the first time that Cheryl has tried to trace her subjects.

She took a picture of a waiter who served her coffee on a ferry in Sardinia and sent the image with a Google-translated note to Italy.

The man’s daughter wrote back and now they are firm friends on Facebook.

Spotted yourself in any of the snaps? Contact Cheryl on 077962 55866 or via her website cherylgabrielphotography.co.uk.

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