On occasion, people that I approach will agree to answer some questions, however, they do not want me to take their picture. Sometimes these people will have the BEST things to say. Very interesting stuff. So I ask to take a picture of a certain thing they are holding. I do this to give character to the interview, to supplement the words with a picture to give the reader an idea of who they are hearing this from. If they are not holding anything, I ask to take a picture of their hands. I do this because I believe that you can tell a lot about a person by just looking at their hands. If you look at this man's hands, I am already forming some thoughts in my head. I see his perfectly-trimmed nails, which suggests he is concerned with personal hygiene and his appearance. I see that his hands are somewhat worn down, which suggests that maybe his occupation involves his hands or perhaps he has hobbies that involve working with his hands. I see his watch, which suggests that he has a scheduled life, that he has places to be. However, it is not a fancy watch, which suggests that maybe he uses it while playing sports or he is outdoors a lot and doesn't want to lost a fancy and/or expensive watch. I notice he is not wearing a ring. Was he ever married? Is he divorced? I will never know. Ideas like these are formed when you really have the time to look at something and understand it. I do not want to form these judgements about this man, I am simply making observations. This is the conversation I had with him.
"What makes you happiest?"
"Doing things for others. Making a difference in someone else's life."
"Could you give me an example of the last time you did that?"
"Well, today I helped people that were struggling, um..... with some personal issues, and they thanked me for that."