"A picture is worth a thousand words." "Brevity is the soul of wit." Trying to keep those two maxims in mind . . . Things always seem to clash. These portraits illustrate why I normally like photographing landscapes. No two-way conversation is necessary. Once I see what I like the most about their personality, I point and shoot. For most portraits, it is necessary to talk to the subject to develop the most cursory of relationships prior to pushing the button to expose the subject’s personality. Here the subjects only needed to wordlessly talk to me and I not to them. - Stephen K. Malshuk