Portrait Project/Day One & Two

So this is my motivation, my accountability, & my practice... I am dedicating a portion of my day for 73 days to shed my shyness, delve into my discomfort zone, and capture portraits of the people around me.  Yesterday, Day One, I waded into the waters by snapping some quick shots of a good friend while we ate lunch.  Today, I swallowed my fear and did not walk past the amazing face I saw behind the flower stand on the corner of Castro & Market... Well, I did walk past, but I made myself take a deep breath and turn back around.  I said "hello..." and, I met Josef.  I asked to take his picture and he smiled shyly and commented how he wouldn't want to break my camera.  We had a nice conversation about our origins, each other's eyes, and his flower stand.  I walked away not only with a beautiful face to post here, but a thrill in my soul for making contact with another human, someone that I would have walked right past if it weren't for this project.  I was scared before, but now I am excited to see who I'll meet in the next 72 days... Why 73 days?  Oddly enough, I was trying to think of a number... 100 seemed too daunting, 30 seemed too little.  The thought crossed my mind to make it the number of my birth year, '73.  Then I decided to count the days till New Year's, and wouldn't you guess.  There are 73.  Please give feedback if you so desire, this is a learning process that I hope to gain insight from.  I feel very vulnerable, but that's where the growth comes in... 

Thank you!  

~Shelly

Rob 

Rob