Spending time just spending time

The best photographs are taken of people you know well.  They are honest and real.  They tell stories instead of being shallow.  In a country I do not know, full of people I just met and a language I can't speak, I spend a lot of time just spending time with people.  Sitting around small fires.  Making faces at children to get them to trust me.  Being patient while I can hardly understand conversations.  This is how I spend most of my time.  I take a while to hike to these families living in more remote cliffs where they tend their sheep and goats.  Then I just watch.  Waiting for them to get used to me and I them.

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