The continuing Everyday People portrait project has reinforced my belief that everyone is interesting and that everyone has a story.
People are curious, unpredictable, passionate, committed, devout, joyful, sad, wise and sometimes bizarre. I met a woman a few months ago who told me her name was "I Shall Return, Possibly."
I certainly feel reconnected to Tulsa now. The reason I started this project was to help myself get to know the city again after being gone for five years. I've met a wonderful, eclectic group of people that we all share the city and the state with. Yesterday, I photographed my fifth grade teacher. She's still teaching at the same school. She told me that every day she tries to make each of her students feel special. Everyone has a story, a passion in their lives. Sometimes it's work. Sometimes it's a hobby. Just ask them, they'll probably tell you all about it.
This morning, I took the 355th portrait for the continuing Everyday People portrait series. Then, I walked over to the Zarrow Center for Arts and Education to help hang up the gallery show of the portraits.
The show officially opens on Dec. 22, but the series won't end until the last day of the year. The reception will be the night of the First Friday Art Crawl downtown, on Jan. 4, 2013. I'll be finished with the project by then.
Here's a preview of the gallery space, 124 E. Brady St., in the Brady District. After the last photograph is taken, the show will consist of five large grids of faces and 40 single, framed portraits.
You can read about what got me started on the project about this time last year, by going to the Everyday People website.
Tulsa World Multimedia Producer John Clanton carries a grid of images as he helps organize the upcoming show. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
Tulsa World Photo Editor Christopher Smith, Director of the University of Tulsa's School of Art, W. Lowell Baker and Justin Williams (from left to right) help hang portraits at the Zarrow Center for Art and Education in Tulsa Brady District.
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