I started photographing and collecting stories for this project, Real Stories, Real People, in May of 2014. The first participants I interviewed and photographed were Donald and his mother Jackie. Although I spent a lot of time with the family photographing I never managed to capture a portrait of mother and son. Because Donald and his mother have such a strong bond I knew that having a portrait of the two of them was an essential part of their story. Recently, I returned to visit Donald and Jackie and created this image. I love the feeling this image evokes but it also has a special significance to me. Donald was the first person I photographed for this project and the last. I have completed all the stories and the creation of the publication has begun.
Thank you to all the individuals and families who collaborated with me. Your stories have inspired and moved me. Thank you to all who donated to this project. Your generosity will be funding the creation of the publication which will be distributed to the legislators and public early next year. Lastly, thank you to all who have followed this blog, read the stories, and provided encouraging words. Stay tuned regarding the progress of the publication.