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Someone 2 Know: Ken and Vesta

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Generally speaking, there are certain things you see right before the sun rises. Perhaps it's a fisherman trying to make his catch, or  maybe it is the occasional jogger. 

But every morning on the Virginia Street Bridge, you'll certainly find this couple and their cameras. Ken Douglas and his wife, Vesta, take pictures, of a random person each day at dawn.

"448 days ago, we started this project because I had a problem going up to people and ask, 'can I take your picture?'" Ken said. "I don't have that problem anymore."

Ken believes there is something special about the new day.    

"You could say magical," he said. "We see the homeless when they come out of the shelter, we see people on their way to work. They're not beaten down by work yet because their day has not started."
On the early morning we tagged along, it was Brogan on his way to work.     

"Okay,  Brogan. I'm going to take your picture."

Ken takes the picture. 

"You look good", Ken laughs.

Originally, Ken and Vesta challenged themselves to take one picture, of one person, for one year. In May, they reached their goal. However, they decided to keep going.
"The year was up," Ken said. "We missed it. So we kept doing it."

Their new goal is 1001. 

"I was going to do 1000, then I thought, why not do one more?"

If this story sounds familiar to you, that's because it is. We first interviewed them in December on day 230. 

"For some reason, everybody puts on their best face for that one flash of a second when I push the shutter speed," he told us on a chilly December morning. 

The seasons may have changed, but the lessons learned remain the same.  

"Everybody has dignity. Everybody."

There has been a lot negativity in this world, lately. They know that. 

"There is a darkness in the world today. There is a darkness in America." 

But thanks to these two, that's not the case in Northern Nevada... at least not when the sun rises. 

Ken posts his photos to his website, if you'd like to see them for yourself. 

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