There's a traditional Māori proverb that goes:
He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
What's the most important thing in the world?
It's people! It's people! It's people!
I agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment, but so far my photography hasn't reflected it. Taking photos of people is scary. If you don't know the person it feels uncomfortable, and it can be just as awkward if you do know the person. After all, no-one wants to annoy their friends by constantly snapping away. Most people don't particularly like having their photo taken. Of course, it's different if someone wants you to take their portrait, but that's not happened to me yet!
Inevitably, quite a few of the 'people' shots I took during this project feature Iain. It's painful to see a photograph of him, but it would be even more painful for me to deliberately ignore the shots I've taken of him, as if he was never a part of my life.