At last, through sheer determination I have come to the end!
I can't say that I've enjoyed this project, in truth I haven't at all. It's not me.
I am just not comfortable with the "cold call" nature of the project, although I am very happy to simply bowl up to a stranger and engage them in conversation, the need to photograph them takes very much secondary importance.
Several of the people photographed in this series I count as very good friends now, but photographically I "cheated", I befriended them first and took photos later.
Others were candid shots which I took first then asked permission later.
Except for the first few dozen or so, few confirm to the strict rules of "introduce, ask permission and shoot" never to meet again.
BUT, I did learn a good deal.
I learned to adapt my shooting style so that I can now without angst, compose almost any photograph in landscape format, so much so that now I rarely shoot portrait. Previously that was almost a crutch that I used to get me out of tough compositional situations.
I understand the use of light so much better, but again in the strict terms of this project, I was never (almost never - see "Bill" or perhaps "Liz") able to contrive a situation with the natural light which would enhance what I was attempting to do.
Mostly though, setting the camera became automatic - I don't panic any longer, and rarely make terrible mistakes. I am so confident in that regard that I often take only single shots these days.
And the self portrait? Well it's me alright, doing what I like to do best: travelling, while attempting to blend into the crowd even though I sometimes rather stick out above it. The photo is taken on the summit of the Stockhorn in Switzerland, camera characteristically at chest height (I rarely take photographs from a position above waist height, often much closer to the ground), trying to be anonymous.
It is one of the wonders of the modern world that we go to such great lengths to protect our anonymity, or "privacy", then post our photographs on the world wide web for universal scrutiny!
Thanks Ann, Julie and Cara for all the support you have given on the way through. This is me sighing a great sigh of relief and shouting…