Posted by: Bill Tracy | April 21, 2010

TEA Faces

TEA Party Event

Part of the crowd at the April 15, 2010 TEA Party event in Angels Camp, CA.

I know an Art teacher and accomplished photographer who says, “I believe you can tell a lot about a person just by looking at them.” That’s his starting point for doing portraits. He may or may not be right. I do know I have been moved by the faces of the people I photographed at the TEA Party event last week in Angels Camp, CA.

These people are individuals. They have come together with shared concerns. Right or wrong, agree or disagree, I see honesty and sincerity in these faces, and I wanted to share them in this way.

Click here for the full collection.

The pictures make me think of an old and anonymous poem entitled:

The Power of One

One SONG can spark a moment

One FLOWER can wake the dream

One TREE can start a forest

One BIRD can herald spring

One SMILE begins a friendship

One HANDCLASP lifts a soul

One STAR can guide a ship at sea

One WORD can frame the goal

One VOTE can change a nation

One SUNBEAM lights a room

One CANDLE wipes out darkness

One LAUGH will conquer gloom

One STEP must start each journey

One WORD must start a prayer

One HOPE will raise our spirits

One TOUCH can show you care

One VOICE can speak with wisdom

One HEART can know what is true

One LIFE can make a difference

– You see, it’s up to you.

Face 100

Face 75

Face 57

Face 68

Face 66

Face 48Face 53

Face 11Face 93

Face 73Face 4

Face 2Face 9Face 12

Face 15Face 63

Face 98Face 82

Face 6Face 86

Face 13Face 79

Face 80Face 77

Face 29Face 32

Face 72

Face 87


  1. So telling; you can see a kind of bravery, a willingness to sacrifice for what they think is right, and maybe a little hurt. Beautiful photos, Bill.

  2. Nice pixs Bill, but if you hadn’t told us where they came from I would have guessed (A) clan rally (B) Tent meeting…. OR (C) hat contest…..

  3. Beautiful. The poem gave me chills. I have never heard it before. Yes each and everyone of us can make a difference in this country and in this world. I am not sure about the cause or what is being accomplished but at least these are people willing to stand up for what they believe in and do something. I think there is a much bigger danger in apathy.

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