This was a self assignment that I wanted to do for a long time.
I think I didn't do it sooner because I thought about it way too much. If I have a project and I think about it too much I come up with all kinds of excuses and barriers. For me these things always work out better if I just start and deal with whatever comes up.
So on a couple of Sunday afternoons I went to the boardwalk in Venice and approached people. I simply asked if I could give them a modest fee to take their photo. Most of my subjects were flattered and happy to accept the offer. I was amazed because when I pointed the camera at them something changed. For a few moments they showed me their soul.