Tang$auce is a young musician, dancer and actor, whose message is "Peace, Love and Positivity."
Azeb is from Ethiopia. She came here six years ago to attend school. Now she works in
information technology at a Hartford insurance company. Her daughter is two.
She was going to have her face painted but was having second thoughts.
Ron is having a tough time. He lost both his job and his house.
He stays with different friends and moves around a lot. He wants to be a singer and songwriter.
Despite his problems, Ron tries to be positive.
It's a long story, but I ended up at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts by mistake. Not one to waste an opportunity, I got a tour of the school from Jeff, the principal. When I asked
for a photograph, the shy and retiring Jeff grabbed a handful of the students
who were trailing behind us and stood against a mural.
You never know what you will find when you walk to Elizabeth Park and back.
These young people were having videos shot to promote their party business, Invite a Princess.
At the pond, there were more geese and ducks than people.
Jonathan was taking photos of Emily and Jeremiah with an ancient Polaroid camera, so I took a photograph of all three with his Polaroid and one with mine. Jonathan's company rents photo booths for wedding receptions, engagement parties, birthday parties and other special events.
Some young folks (including Christina, above) were doing a video for their fashion business.
And on the way back home, new neighbor Jared carried Madison on his shoulders.
Deciding which of Agnes' photographs to show yesterday was a real struggle for me. I ended up picking an "upper body" photograph, which let me contrast her zebra-striped blouse with the plain part of the wall behind her and with the decorated column to her right.
But, that meant not selecting a close crop (above) to show the interesting scars in her face (even though this close crop loses most of the decorated column).
And, it meant not showing her full body pose against the beautiful column (left).
And, it meant not showing an even closer crop converted to a dramatic black and white (below).
Latesha is assistant principal of a Hartford neighborhood school. She has p-e-r-s-o-n-a-l-i-t-y!
Latesha taught in the classroom for five years and has been in administration for the last ten years.
I met her at the Pond House in Elizabeth Park, where she was greeting attendees
of a year-end function for Hartford public school principals.
Alie is from Simsbury. She graduated from UConn in May and immediately started a job handling
social media communications for a local public relations firm. When I met her in Elizabeth Park,
she was decompressing from a busy day helping her firm handle a big public announcement.