“What’s the last photo on your phone?”

Ivan Cash, an artist and filmmaker who now lives in San Francisco, is making a series of videos in which he asks people in different cities this question. The project offers some fascinating glimpses into people’s lives — as well as a lesson about the amazing encounters you can have when you break a taboo and engage with strangers around you.

So far, Cash has shot short films in eight places: Detroit, London, New York, Chicago, Alabama, San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles. His videos capture fascinating portraits of ordinary people. There is a New Yorker who collects photos of clouds, a sorority girl in Alabama who sings a few phrases of opera, a Marine who remembers a man that he served with, a dog who tends bar for the Detroit Lions, and many more.

You can see those photos and films here.