Feel free to ignore any or all of the following:
First, let's talk about your web site:
• the three black dots at the bottom of customheader1.jpg
are a bit distracting. I thought they were things that didn't load properly on the page. There's some strange coding on the web pages: eg. customheader1.jpg is loaded 2-1/2 times: once as an image, once as a background image and the half-time as "custom-header1.jpg".
• probably don't need to use the word "independent".
• a lot of white space at the top due to the strange CSS. While you shouldn't pack things too tight and overcrowd a page, remember that pixels don't grow on trees.
(Edit - removed a couple of screen grabs)
• The Contact
pages both use extremely wide lines of text. When have you ever seen a newspaper, magazine or book use lines of text that wide? The reason is that people have trouble reading wide rows of text.
• One of the best-kept secrets on your site is your email address.
...I'm doing my best to develop compelling projects.
Very good job with that. But.....
• many of the pictures could be edited better: cropped, toned and/or sharpened. Although some of this may be due to how the pictures were converted to B+W.
• several nice pictures here and there but each category could be edited much tighter
• there doesn't appear to be any order or sequence to the pictures within any category, except "Blue Collar".
• most of the text slides can be reworded to avoid unnecessary hyphenation.
• several of the pictures have no point of interest. They appear to be general snapshots taken during a walk through town.
• too many pictures of kids; too many backs or sides of people's heads.
Rather than trying to tell a story of an entire town, sometimes it's better to tell the story of one family.
"...plagued with traffic and backlogs at all hours of the day..."
Really? So where are the pictures? The pictures show: pedestrians on a near-empty stairway and half-empty escalator; a single row of cars; an empty bike lane; a woman driving on an empty street; an empty train station; a half-empty parking lot, etc.
This type of photo story isn't as easy as it looks because you have to follow someone around all day and constantly be in their face (so to speak). Basically, you're in their way all day. So good for you for trying this project (unless the guy is your father in which case I may take this back.
It's also tough to stay photographically awake all day long as the person goes through their mundane activities.
His co-workers look up to him? According to your pictures, they don't even speak to him. There's no interaction whatsoever.
No full-length pictures, no loose pictures showing the guy in his workspace. Mostly only tight pictures of the guy.
The guy works for his family? What family is that? According to your pictures, he sits alone in a room watching TV.
Good for you for trying this story.
Does it matter that the building in the first picture is crooked? Partway thru, three mystery women pop up. They each sit alone and have no interaction with anyone or anything.
There are ten half-length, or tighter, shots of the woman (when only two or three are needed), and there are no pictures actually showing the woman in her "cluttered apartment", for example: an "environmental portrait" showing her standing or sitting in her cluttered livingroom.
As with the other stories, there are too many sides or tops of heads.
You seem to favour higher camera angles (not that there's anything wrong with that).