James Anthony "Tony" Johnson plays his guitar next to the "Hey Cupcake!" trailer at the corner of South Congress and Milton on Feb. 8, 2013. Johnson has played in that spot for over 6 years, but will be forced to move along with the trailer after this year's South by Southwest festival, in order to build a hotel on the site.
Missouri State Bears linebacker Dylan Cole poses for a portrait during the team's media day held at Robert W. Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Aug. 19, 2016.
Quinton Catfish Crocker of Austin, Texas. Competing in Full Beard, Styled Moustache category.
Kim and David Blanchard pose for a portrait at Doling Park in Springfield, Mo. on June 10, 2016.
Debbie Slavens poses for a portrait at her home in Springfield, Mo. on Aug. 7, 2015. Slavens is preparing to travel to California, where she'll meet, for the first time, a son she gave up for adoption in the 60's.
Emilio Hernandez Martinez. Houston, Texas, 2014.
Deontei Johnson poses for a portrait showing off his tattoo commemorating his grandmother, who passed away earlier in the year, at his Springfield, Mo. home on Dec. 16, 2016.
Ron Shank worked for the Springfield News-Leader in the 1960's -- as a softball player. He spent 8 years on the payroll and the team, even after losing his 6-year-old son to a tragic forklift accident at the newspaper. Here he poses for a portrait at his Springfield, Mo. house on Aug. 18, 2015.
After Cody Avila's hearing started to fail in middle school, the Springfield teenager used to wear hats often to disguise his hearing aids, and then, his cochlear implant. "I was having a hard time dealing with the loss," said Avila, who now has no hearing left. "I thought it would label me as a freak, as different." Several years and a transfer to Missouri School for the Deaf later, he is a thriving student and will be heading to Gallaudet University in the fall. He posed for a portrait at his family's house in Springfield, Mo. on April 8, 2016.
Philip Chaney poses for a portrait at his Springfield, Mo. home on Dec. 16, 2016.
Leila Saleh. Austin, Texas.