On Thursday I was assigned to photograph a portrait of Rolf Skoetsch, a local history buff who volunteers at the Wyoming National Guard Museum. Rolf is a really nice guy. After I took his portrait, I ended up having a conversation ranging from antique tractors to Germany with him in his driveway for another hour. This might not be the world’s greatest portrait, but it was a nice assignment for me because I got to get out of the office and have a conversation with someone. Connecting with people is a part of photography that is absolutely essential for good community photojournalism. You have to be able to get to know folks and have a conversation with them. As I was told once: always look for the lowest common denominator when working with folks you don’t know.
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