“Encounters” is an exploration of the brief communications shared with the many people that I encountered during my travels to the United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe. The familiarity of anonymity brought forth heartfelt narrations of the person’s life - a history, immediate situation, or possible future. The universal theme of personal relationships resounded with courage, despair, sorrow, happiness, and hope. Their stories attest to the commonality of the underlying emotions that we all experience in life. Each portrait is an illustrative documentation of one of these exchanges – taken from the drawings, notes, photos and remembrances of the sharing of a story.