The portraits of strangers are my attempt to reference Richard Avedon's classic 'American West'. With the world as I knew it locked down and isolated I overcame my fears and isolation to do what I know best, photograph people. Static and exposed as a one man crew and with $$$ of photo gear on display I was quickly taken aback by the love, generosity, and trust proffered my way. This series is also an exploration of safe photography practices in the age of Covid. Outside and 10 feet apart. 60 to 120 seconds in front of the camera with guided enter and exit set markers. Long lenses to create intimacy. Set, camera, and gear wipe downs after every encounter. During the Spring and Summer of 2020 this is how I saw Harlem and how Harlem looked back.