This is C.J. He lives on Venice Beach. He is charming, erudite, articulate and homeless. When I told him about my #anotherdayanother600seconds project, he looked down for a long uncomfortable moment. I felt compelled to fill the silence but resisted.
When he looked up his eyes were filled with tears and he said "God bless you, man."
I said "Blessings are good but but sometimes they take too long and I'm impatient. Let's do something right now so you and I can show everyone the sort of man you are and what they are missing when they simply hurry by you."
As a photographer, I shoot for business and for pleasure. I love portraiture, flowers and wildlife. I am intimidated by landscapes (for some strange reason) and drool at the opportunity to shoot food (for reasons that are deliciously clear.) But what moves me most is what I've taken to calling "humanitarian story-sharing" (Creating conversations that last. Images that last. Change that lasts.)
And as crazy sad and crazier mad as it often makes me feel, on most days I can walk away feeling like I made a difference. +J.J. Bentley, a wonderfully talented friend likened it to "...flipping on light switches." I love that metaphor. I hate that it's necessary at all but I love the results. For those of you willing to try it, I can pretty much guarantee that you'll get as much out of it as the person you've chosen to spend a small bit of time with.