America is a land of amazing faces and places.
My goal on this trip is to photograph a few of them.
Some of them will be the faces of my personal heroes. They might be people who have had a direct, positive impact on me. They could be people who have wonderfully influenced my life – and the lives of so many others - from afar.
Some of them will be the faces of every day heroes. They might be people I’ve just met who look like they have interesting stories. They could be people you tell me about who have encouraged or inspired you.
Some of them will just be interesting faces to photograph. The incredible thing about being a lifelong photographer is that I have been given the permission to stop time and create memories. Therefore my goal for every photo shoot is always the same: 1. Take one photo of someone looking their very best (AKA the shot the family frames and puts on the wall) 2. Create one image so unique and flattering that the subject says “Whoa! No way!! That doesn’t even look like me!!” (AKA the shot they put on Facebook). So whenever I get a chance, I’m going to try to do that for someone and share that experience with you.
Some of the places in America are so beautiful, bizarre, unique and captivating that two dimensional photos can never really capture all the magic. So the best I can do is the best I can do. But hopefully those images will be just good enough to inspire you to go see the real thing for yourself if you can.
Like everything in life, I want to get better at photography. And the best way I can do that is to learn from amazing photographers. So another goal I have for this trip is to gather some of their wisdom to share with you. I am not sure how all that scheduling will work out with my travels and their busy careers, but I’m willing to give it my best shot (obligatory photographer pun).
Lastly, at the end of my journey, I intend to put some of these images in a book of some type. And like a lot of things technical – and in the future – I haven’t got that figured out yet. But if you follow along, I will let you know as soon as that happens.
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