The conversation is everything. These images began as chance encounters that became conversations that became so much more. Every one a glimpse into a world I knew nothing about. Like learning about the wistful inevitability of Bali’s fading ritual culture from the island’s most celebrated mask maker. Feeling the futility of a couple stuck in NOLA with big dreams and no money. A waitress taking a break after having to throw out an unruly patron. A school teacher’s rowdy Saturday night. These gifts reflect the generosity of some of the remarkable people I’ve met on my travels.