HIGHLY recommend a website ... USA Network's Character Project.
"Character Project is USA Network's ongoing artistic initiative committed to celebrating America's characters - the interesting, dazzling, and distinctive people, from all walks of life who make this country extraordinary."
11 world-class photographers spent the summer of 2008 traveling America ... photographing the people and places of America. "From Alaska to New York, the subjects they encountered are a stunning example of our country's diversity."
I SO recommend this site -
Listen in particular to the words of the Photographer David Eustace