I haven’t updated this introduction since January 2014. Since then, Project W has been focused on Street Photography, largely inspired by my participation in Eric Kim’s street photography workshop in June 2013.

I had hoped to get to another workshop in 2014 and 2015; didn’t happen. There were many professional and personal demands on my time during those years and my photography focus took a back seat.

Work has continued on the $2 Portraits project, although not at the pace I would like. Not for lack of subjects, unfortunately, rather for lack of focus.

No commitments for 2016. Street photography will continue to be my genre of choice. I’ll try to carry my camera more often, although I’ve seen some amazing photography done with smartphone cameras, so that shouldn’t be an excuse.

And getting ProjectW photos from 2012 - 2015 in book form is still on the agenda.

Thanks for staying with me during the ups and downs of this photographic journey. As always, comments, critiques and suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

Jeff

Friday, August 11, 2017

Jam Train

Jam Train
Pretty good musicians on a BART ride.
San Francisco, CA

Taken 8/2/17

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Bus Stop

Bus Stop
Market Street
San Francisco, CA

Taken 8/2/17

Friday, August 4, 2017

Today's Color is Aquamarine

Today's Color is Aquamarine
San Francisco, CA

Taken 8/3/17

Friday, July 28, 2017

Thirsty?

Thirsty?
Lisbon, Portugal

Taken 6/26/17

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Rainbow Landing

Rainbow Landing
Waiting for take-off of delayed flight from Newark to Chicago.

Taken 7/1/17

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Waves

Waves
Rossio Square
Lisbon, Portugal

Taken 6/30/17

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Observer

The Observer
Alfama neighborhood
Lisbon, Portugal

Taken 6/25/17

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Observer

The Observer
Alfama neighborhood
Lisbon, Portugal

Taken 6/25/17

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Performer

The Performer
I saw this interesting guy who was very  animated & performing along the street for passing  traffic.  I took a few photos with my phone and then decided to ask him for a  portrait.  He agreed and here is the result.

Taken 6/30/17 - Lisbon, Portugal

Friday, June 30, 2017

Joaquim

Joaquim
After a great dinner at our hotel in Lisbon, there were leftovers that I did not want to be wasted.  After successfully being able to help a homeless person the night before, I sought out the same result this evening.  Being later at night, I had to venture further from the hotel to find an area with more people around.  Walking down a well lit side street, I came across a gentleman rummaging through some waste bins by a nearby restaurant.

I approached him with outstretched hands holding the boxed remains of a ribeye steak.  His eyes lit up when I offered him the food and he gladly accepted it.  He did not speak English and understood enough Spanish when I asked him his nombre?  He went into his knapsack, pulled out a piece of paper & pen and proceeded to write out his full name, Joaquim Rui Louren├žo Farinha.   Handing me the paper, he shook my hand profusely and kept saying “obrigado, obrigado”.  I held up my phone and asked if I could take his photo to which he agreed and smiled widely when I showed him the picture.  I also gave him 2 Euro.  As I departed we shook hands again and he began to open the meal.

Taken 6/30/17 - Lisbon, Portugal

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pick One

Pick OneAlfama neighborhood
Lisbon, Portugal

Taken 6/26/17

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Observer

The ObserverLisbon, Portugal

After a walking tour of three Lisbon neighborhoods, I was making my way back to the hotel through Alfama.  This gentleman gave me permission to make his photo and didn't change his expression or position one bit.

Taken 6/25/17

Monday, May 15, 2017

With Purpose

With Purpose
Adams Street
Chicago, IL

Taken 5/15/17

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Robert (and Jeff)

Robert (and Jeff)
I’ve seen Robert regularly over the last 6 years.  I try to stop and chat, sometimes buy him breakfast and always drop a dollar or two into his cup whenever I can.  Here’s a guy who lives day to day, hoping to make enough to cover his shelter and food.  And when he has a good day, he’ll sometimes forego the morning or afternoon street session.

This past year I learned that Robert has two kids living in Kentucky who he hadn’t seen in awhile.  Around the holidays he was trying to collect enough for  a round trip bus ticket.  Along with others, I helped him out and he was able to spend Christmas with his kids.  I’m looking forward to hearing more about the backstory; perhaps when I next take him to breakfast.

As often happens, when leaving my office today, I saw him in his usual spot.  Our conversation went something like this:

“So Robert, do you know what day occurred a couple of weeks ago?”  He looked at me in puzzlement, “No, what was it?”  I replied, “It’s our anniversary - 6 years ago we met in this very spot and I first took your picture.”   “Well then, let’s take another picture!”  And so we did.  Since I had a train to catch, we didn’t have a lot of time to talk.  As I dropped some bills into his cup, we agreed that on Monday morning we’ll have breakfast to start the week.  “And bring me a copy of that picture, will ya?  Thank you and G-d bless.”

I never really know if and/or when I’ll see him again.  Maybe Monday, maybe not.  What started out as photographing a perfect stranger for the $2 Portrait project has turned into a 6 year “relationship” that rarely involves a camera.

Taken 4/13/17

Monday, March 13, 2017

My Personal Hell

My Personal Hell
College of the Desert Swap Meet
Palm Desert, CA

Taken 3/12/17

Sunday, March 5, 2017

What a Combo!!!

What a Combo!!!
Oakland, CA

Taken 3/3/17

Sunday, February 19, 2017

7.5 Decades Young

7.5 Decades
Celebration for a great friend.
Cancun, MX

Taken 1/24/17

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Fish Food

Fish Food
Cancun, Mexico

People actually paid for this.  Gross.

Taken 1/29/17

Monday, January 23, 2017

Never Gets Old

Never Gets Old
Harry's Prime Steakhouse
Cancun, Mexico

Taken 1/23/17

Monday, January 16, 2017

Expecting a Downpour

Expecting a Downpour
After all, it is the rainy season...
San Francisco, CA

From the archives - taken 1/5/16

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Millbrae SFO

Millbrae SFO
On the BART
San Francisco, CA

From the archives - taken 1/26/16

Monday, January 9, 2017

Evening Rush

Evening Rush
Along the Chicago River.
Chicago, IL

Taken 1/9/17

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Tradition is Broken...

The Tradition is Broken...
...this year.  Instead of spending our traditional New Year's Eve with friends, we decided to travel to Indianapolis to be with our kids and grandpups.  Looks like someone was happy about that.

Taken 12/31/16

Friday, December 23, 2016

Condom Shack

Condom Shack
From the archives -
Toronto, Ontario
Canada

Taken 6/16/13

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tarmac

Tarmac
O'Hare Airport
Chicago, IL

Taken 12/16/16

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Engrossed - Plate X

Engrossed - Plate X
San Francisco, CA

Taken 12/2/16

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Arturo

Arturo
Holding a little dog in his lap, he was sitting on the corner across from Union Square, with a sign seeking money to buy food for his dog and himself.  He had heard of $2 Portraits when I inquired and agreed to participate.

Arturo was a very friendly guy.  At 53 years old, he’s been in San Francisco for 10 years.  Originally from Mexico, he still has a lot of family there.  I didn’t catch where in Mexico he’s from but he did say it was in a Mexican state south of Arizona.  He has family in Phoenix and in Florida, but no family in San Francisco.  We joked a little bit about his ability to travel back and forth once “the wall” is built and he said it won’t be a problem.

Being on the street is not a full time vocation for Arturo.  He said that construction is what he’s done for many years and always has 2 or 3 customers he’s doing small jobs for…tile, carpentry, etc.  When I asked why he’s on the street, he said it supplements his income and he gets the opportunity to meet some interesting people!  Arturo chuckled when he described being able to pick out people from Spanish-speaking countries and just start a conversation in Spanish.

As we shook hands farewell, I wished Arturo “Feliz Navidad” and gave him $2.

Taken 12/2/16

Saturday, November 19, 2016

On Tap

Now That's Harsh...
Palm Springs, CA

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Adoptable

Adoptable
"Florence" was a rescue hanging out at the Westin Mission Hills Resort until adopted.  So darn cute...we almost pulled the trigger.

Taken 11/2/16

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Look Alikes - Plate IX

Look Alikes - Plate IX
Off The Grid - Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA

Taken 9/2/16