So first you ask everyone you know if there are any pre-pubescent boys in their lives - boys who would be willing to have their portrait made by me and who might also answer a few questions. Boys who's parents would be willing to let me publish their son's portrait in various venues. You hit FB and Instagram with the same request. You mention the project to the person who bags your groceries, the person who delivers your mail, the person who makes your chai latte at the neighborhood coffee shop. Soon you start to get a few emails from interested parents. And then you're off and running.

When I was working on my project about identical twins, I took a road trip across Kanas in search of subjects. I would pull into a small town and head over to the barber shop or diner and ask if there were any twins in town. It was always a delightful (and regular) surprise when the barber or waitress said, "Well, as a matter of fact, there are a couple sets of twins that live in town. Let me see if I can get 'em on the phone for you." 

I photographed Jack this past weekend. I learned of him from the woman who cuts my hair. He's a very sweet 12-year-old whose favorite things to do are: bake bread, read, and play with his cat and his sister. Jack is only the second boy I've photographed for my project, which has a working title of "Be a Man."

It's exciting to be here... at the very beginning. 

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The Beginning of a Project

6/3/2019

So first you ask everyone you know if there are any pre-pubescent boys in their lives - boys who would be willing to have their portrait made by me and who might also answer a few questions. Boys who's parents would be willing to let me publish their son's portrait in various venues. You hit FB and Instagram with the same request. You mention the project to the person who bags your groceries, the person who delivers your mail, the person who makes your chai latte at the neighborhood coffee shop. Soon you start to get a few emails from interested parents. And then you're off and running.

When I was working on my project about identical twins, I took a road trip across Kanas in search of subjects. I would pull into a small town and head over to the barber shop or diner and ask if there were any twins in town. It was always a delightful (and regular) surprise when the barber or waitress said, "Well, as a matter of fact, there are a couple sets of twins that live in town. Let me see if I can get 'em on the phone for you." 

I photographed Jack this past weekend. I learned of him from the woman who cuts my hair. He's a very sweet 12-year-old whose favorite things to do are: bake bread, read, and play with his cat and his sister. Jack is only the second boy I've photographed for my project, which has a working title of "Be a Man."

It's exciting to be here... at the very beginning.