" For Barbara, the creative 'zone' is looking at the world through the eyes of love. The love of people, of life as it is lived and the love of the experience of the authentic" Norman Seeff. This book of black and white street portraits features the early work of photographer Barbara Bourne as she searched for the faces of strength, dignity, and innocence while heading to or coming from her commercial assignments in Washington, D.C. in the early 1980s, As a 22-year-old budding photographer, Barbara details her experiences apprenticing established photographers, attending college and ultimately going out on her own. As a talented young woman who wanted to learn her craft and be independent, Barbara encountered obstacles, sexual harassment, and encouragement coupled with mentorship along the way. All of her early experiences, shared on these pages pushed Barbara to stand on her own and to make photography her life's work This book is the first in a series of 3 volumes documenting Barbara's 37+ years as a professional photographer. Inspired by the work of so many street photographers, Barbara sharpened her portrait skills while making a connection with strangers on the D.C. streets. As her career continued, Barbara would become an established architectural interior and landscape photographer. This is the evolution of a young woman learning how to make it in a man's world.