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This is Secret

This is Secret This is Ahmed This is June This is Ranjit This is Nathaniel This is Vespucci Alone and Dejected in a Strange Place This is Andrew Alone at the Taj This is classified This is Brenna This is an Avout This is Ulaf This is Tatiana This is Skye This is Trey This is Johannes This is Rikah This is Eva This is Matt

I enjoy watching people; I like interesting faces.

Sometimes, if I have my camera, I ask if I can take their photo. If they are down on their luck, I give them a few dollars (or Euros or Yuen) first.

I then talk to them a little about their story.

It is interesting to me the difference in the faces in those people that are closer to their dreams than farther.

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kimbar/Thanks for 1.75 million views! says:

Trey, this is an outstanding set - sensitive and deep. I keep learning from you and you never fail to surprise me. Thanks.
Posted 106 months ago. ( permalink )

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Durotriges says:

A wonderful photojournalistic set. The pictures and the stories behind them are quite wonderful. I hope you will do some more of these. Thanks. :-)
Posted 106 months ago. ( permalink )

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deVos says:

Wonderful, touching set, with a lot of diversity. What a awesome idea for a set!
Posted 106 months ago. ( permalink )

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Cristimo says:

very nice set, i love your comments, the idea, and your pictures are wonderful
Posted 106 months ago. ( permalink )

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Fraggle Red says:

Trey, this is really a marvellous set. Great idea, outstanding work (photos) and very touching stories... Can't wait to see and read more.
Posted 106 months ago. ( permalink )

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dingbat2005 says:

great set really lovely to see, dreams we can have Reality is the bitch
Posted 106 months ago. ( permalink )

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Ignacio LPM says:

This is just wonderful. I am especially touched by the stories from the ones who have had a difficult past and present. Their expressions are very strong.
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Holy Outlaw says:

I add my voice to all the commendations of this set and the work. Thank you!
Posted 105 months ago. ( permalink )

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_Hans van de Vorst says:

Like this whole set very much Trey. Outstanding street portraiture. I know how difficult it is to capture the essence of a character on the street. You've done that here.
Posted 105 months ago. ( permalink )

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Photos by Elyssa says:

This set is truly captivating! Outstanding work! I look forward to seeing more images and reading more stories!
Posted 105 months ago. ( permalink )

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nielsvk says:

Amazing set, very inspirational!
Posted 105 months ago. ( permalink )

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Beefus says:

I am thoroughly enjoying each and every addition to this set. The emotion both in font of, and behind the camera, really come through :)
Posted 104 months ago. ( permalink )

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work2snap says:

This is a poweful and wonderful set of images you have created.
I love the concept of what they do and what they dream...great idea
Outstanding!!!
Posted 104 months ago. ( permalink )

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Matt "Linus" Ottosen says:

I love this set! Keep up the great work.
Posted 104 months ago. ( permalink )

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Stooshie says:

Very nice set of portraits. I love thelittle touch of HDR which brings out the details in the faces beautifully.

Sometimes HDR is overdone by some people, but in these photos it is bang on!
Posted 104 months ago. ( permalink )

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Scoutress says:

Very cool set!
Posted 104 months ago. ( permalink )

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Off ya chops says:

An amazing set, The portraits and the stories give these faces some meaning and depth
Posted 104 months ago. ( permalink )

Diane S [deleted] says:

This set is amazing. I look forward to more portraits and their stories.
Posted 103 months ago. ( permalink )

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Henry_UY says:

Great portrait portfolio !
The stories, no doubt, add some salt to it.
Posted 103 months ago. ( permalink )

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dsmoljanovic says:

Amazing set. I spend few hours staring at each new face you portrait, thinking part about them and part about how can you capture them so good. Their faces and their dreams.

Keep up the good work.
Posted 103 months ago. ( permalink )

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Molly Wassenaar says:

This is such an incredible portfolio. i have come back to this set so many times to read more stories. It's almost as though you have formed more of a connection to the person when you take the time to hear what they have to say about whats most important to them, and you can really see that connection in the photos you take. Thank you for sharing these... ♥ ♥ ♥
Posted 102 months ago. ( permalink )

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Freund Studio says:

Trey- Bravo, one of the most thoughtful, and meaningful "projects" I've seen here on flickr. Asking people "what do you want? What is your dream?" Is the most powerful question that you can ask. Bravo, 1st for asking, and 2nd for sharing these remarkable photos with all us flirkerites.
Posted 102 months ago. ( permalink )

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Ana Benedict says:

Great set.
Posted 101 months ago. ( permalink )

Mme Poubelle from the N.G. [deleted] says:

It's an amazing set. One of my favourites! You find out things about people, you never thought about.
Posted 100 months ago. ( permalink )

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NickOwenPhotography.co.uk says:

This is a really fascinating set and a very good idea
I think I may do something similar
Posted 100 months ago. ( permalink )

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*Feather* says:

Fascinating collection of human dreams! What an amazing set! Keep them coming.
Posted 100 months ago. ( permalink )

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@Saigon says:

This is one of the best sets i've seen on flickr. Each picture is worth some reflection. Well done and thanks.
Posted 100 months ago. ( permalink )

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santos535 says:

Blending people's dreams with a picture can bring some incredible mixes. Vespucci's story was what made me interested in the rest of your work. "Pictures tell a thousand words" his eyes tell his story of sadness. Thank you.
Posted 100 months ago. ( permalink )

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Sokhar says:

Fantastic set really well done. I love the idea for the set as well.
Posted 99 months ago. ( permalink )

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Alix King says:

Your photography is amazing but your humanity, your compassion is what makes this set so wonderful. Namaste.
Posted 99 months ago. ( permalink )

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Steven Ford / snowbasinbumps says:

Yes, i agree. appreciate your sharing your talent with us, and you sensitve eye.
Posted 98 months ago. ( permalink )

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Go Big Red says:

Dude you are awesome with these portraits!
Posted 98 months ago. ( permalink )

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larry wfu says:

These are great! I would like to see more.
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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the_matt says:

This project is brilliant - and the execution thus far is great. Just checked out treyratcliff.com - very nice, slick looking site - and the dreams set was of course the one that really drew me in...
Posted 95 months ago. ( permalink )

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chevy chic/ NOW..suzanne__williams says:

These are wonderful shots, not just of peoples faces, but you can see it in the eyes...nicely done..congrats..
Posted 95 months ago. ( permalink )

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robfew says:

This series is awesome. The photos are great on their own, but with the captions they become deeply moving. Poetic, suggestive and darkly humerous. Thank you for sharing this.
Posted 94 months ago. ( permalink )

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preetalina ° Preeti Desai says:

So beautiful. Thank you for sharing pieces of the world with us...
Posted 93 months ago. ( permalink )

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John-Paul Pagano says:

A fascinating and well-executed set of pictures. Congrats!
Posted 93 months ago. ( permalink )

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larry wfu says:

Always great stories that you tell!
Posted 92 months ago. ( permalink )

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Courtney Hood says:

Amazing, insightful, poignant portraits. Love them. And the stories behind the faces.
Posted 91 months ago. ( permalink )

BIGDAWGDADDY [deleted] says:

We all have a story...thank you for sharing the wealth.
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Lollygagging says:

I adore this set! You're such an amazing artist.. with your photos and your words... Would love to have this set in a book... ty for sharing your work/life with all of us.
Posted 90 months ago. ( permalink )

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AlaskaTeacher says:

This is an amazing series! Thanks for all the thought provoking questions. It makes me want to open my eyes to the people around me.
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langkawi says:

Very impressive set. And I like your approach. Not the hit-and-run way...
Posted 90 months ago. ( permalink )

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Marnie Recker says:

i think this may very well be my favorite set on flickr
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pbr-angel says:

A stunning series of pictures!
Posted 90 months ago. ( permalink )

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KrysiaB says:

It's nice to see a photographer who takes the time to talk to the people he photographs. I've always thought it a bit heartless just to snap at someone and walk away, particularly those who are obviously struggling in their life and usually not looking or feeling their best. You have a beautiful soul and it comes out not just in what you photograph but in how you write.
Posted 89 months ago. ( permalink )

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topcat_angel says:

what an amazing set of photos and stories through which their names and dreams will not be forgotten - I wish I had the courage to step over my shyness to approach people as you have done - lots of faves here - well done :D
Posted 86 months ago. ( permalink )

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छायाचित्रकार says:

Best set I have ever visited. the photos just reflect their story...
Great going Trey.... best luck...
Posted 85 months ago. ( permalink )

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tayirvadai says:

great shots and great story trey.. Wishing everyone that their dream come true..
Posted 84 months ago. ( permalink )

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hybrid756 says:

This is absolutely excellent. We all have a soul and a story to tell, and it's incredibly refreshing to see you going the extra mile to get the story behind the picture. I have personally learned a few things about the world from reading these that I didn't know before, and for that alone I take my hat off to you!
Posted 82 months ago. ( permalink )

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Tom Harper says:

You will have heard it all before but its still worth saying, this is excellent work I realy enjoyed the photos and the stories behind each.
Posted 81 months ago. ( permalink )

Toucanzoo [deleted] says:

Magical - This set has changed my day from something boring and dull to something brilliant.

Makes me really want to get out there with my camera

Thanks Trey
Posted 77 months ago. ( permalink )

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..felicitas.. says:

I love this set and the deep human stories you are telling us here. And you captured them so beautifully!
I hope to see this set gather more and more of these stories :)

PS. My food just burned while i was browsing this set, but it was worth it!
Posted 74 months ago. ( permalink )

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kurokojpn says:

I just spent my lunch at my desk watching this as a slideshow.
Best lunch I have had in weeks.
Thank you.
Posted 73 months ago. ( permalink )

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Sam Ilić says:

I was gonna say what the person above me said: best lunch-hour in ages :)

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Seen in your Portfolio: What they Dream and What they Do set. (?)
Posted 73 months ago. ( permalink )

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kristisparks says:

Ditto.... I have a similar set like this and share your heart for seeing into the lives of others. Diversity is beautiful.
Posted 63 months ago. ( permalink )

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Munira! says:

Superb! Some pictures actually gave me goose bumps! very inspiring!
Posted 63 months ago. ( permalink )

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Little yyk says:

Hi, sorry i'm new to this photography world. i'm just wondering if you actually get their signature to let you publish their photos? Btw thank you for your HDR tutorial and outstanding photos. You are my inspiration :-D
Posted 61 months ago. ( permalink )

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Ariel X says:

My god, what a brilliant set this is! A lovely variety of the peoples of our world. Fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
Posted 52 months ago. ( permalink )

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Jim Purcell says:

I think this is the coolest most profound set in all of Flickr. Now mind you, I haven't seen them all. I haven't even seen 1%. But I'm sure I'm right!
Posted 48 months ago. ( permalink )

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Texas Tongs says:

Love the inspiration for your set here. I think the best pictures one can bring back from travels are definitely those of faces and the stories they tell..... btw, great house, too bad I can't afford it.... :)
Posted 38 months ago. ( permalink )

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danfers says:

will you share? What they Dream and What they Do ..
Posted 33 months ago. ( permalink )

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brociallbrociall says:

best snap
Posted 31 months ago. ( permalink )

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narasimhamurthy says:

Liked the idea ...
Posted 30 months ago. ( permalink )

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