Whether a private event, a public spectacle, or just walking aimlessly I enjoy engaging strangers. As far as portraiture goes you've got about 30 seconds to gain the trust of the person whom you've asked to photograph. All of the examples here are of people I didn't know at the time I took their picture yet I'm now friends with many of them.
I was fortunate to visit the city of Kumasi within the Ashanti region of Ghana. I was the guess of a friend of mine who has a house and family there. For years I'd wanted to visit the African continent and Ghana is an especially worthwhile destination. Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana peacefully won their independence from England in 1957.
I was there for 10 days and was able to attend their independence celebration as well as a funeral, which is a 24 hour affair. The people are remarkably friendly and welcoming to strangers.