I am relatively new to this game. I never shot film, never spent time in a smelly darkroom, and never experienced the joy of holding self-processed silver gelatin prints.  My father did: in his middle years, he had a Speed Graflex that used 4X5 film plates, primarily for aerial photography.  But, not me.

After using a couple of pocket cameras between 2000 and 2005, I made the plunge into more serious photography with a Nikon D70s. Spending a lot of time on the waters of Florida and the Bahamas, I accumulated a few hundred gigabytes of beach, sunset and boating images, along with travel documentation. However, I was not sufficiently comfortable behind the viewfinder to photograph people. That changed in March, 2011.

A one week workshop in Street Portraiture proved to be a game changer. Professional photographer, Craig Tanner, (www.tmelive.com) taught ten of us how to approach strangers in Savannah, and ask permission to photograph them. To many, this genre of photography sounds intimidating, and at first, it is. But after experiencing some success, I find it addicting, and have now photographed over 400 strangers. I always ask permission; there are no candid shots. I try to approach strangers with the mindset of William Butler Yeats when he wrote, "There are no strangers here; only friends that you haven't yet met".

Not surprisingly, my objectives in photographing people have changed over the past 14 months. I now try to capture subtle facial gestures, expressions that give a glimpse into the subject’s personality. To me, the emotional baggage of color can get in the way; monochrome images offer a more direct path into the essence of a person. This will hopefully morph into a lifelong project – after all, there are 7,000,000,000 potential subjects!

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This would be me!