I admit it's not easy to just sit and write cohesively about what's on your mind. What I've discovered as this column evolves is that having a conversation before and while making the portrait helps flesh out what people have on their minds. Most of the time it's not some kind of life philosophy that they're elaborating on, but something that's more relevant to that moment in time.
Erin was easy - she just started scribbling away. Even before photographing her, she very eagerly shared her thoughts in the group on discussions ranging anywhere from smiling at strangers to some thoughts on politics after the group disseminated. She's getting a master's in anthropology, and if I remember correctly is doing her thesis on perceptions Americans have on Tibet.
When she was done, I found what she wrote to be a wonderfully honest and insightful collection of thoughts that made me smile.
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