Portrait of Jacklyn


Jaclyn loved Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, parables, balloons, bracelets and jewelry. She was a “Class A girl while being also a tomboy who was very tough with her brother.”

At the time of the interview, Jaclyn had just turned three and had a brother who was seven. She thought she was six when she played with her Big Brother and according to her mother, tended “to keep her older brother under par.”

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Portrait of Sir Henry Torrey, Privateer


Sir Henry was a pirate for ten years and worked for the Department of Nottingham Festival in Simi Valley, California, USA. He also worked for  Pirates For Hire as their marketing manager. He “went to events, passed out flyers and had a great time.” He regularly attended events such as the Ventura Pirate Festival at Ventura Harbor .

Sir Henry said that Facebook “is a really good media for pirates. I have over 3000 pirate friends from Florida to Europe and all over the world. And we all have a blast.”

Sir Henry Torrey’s Flintlock 

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Portrait of Lydia


When I met Lydia, she had been working at the gift shop of The Maritime Museum in Santa Barbara, California, USA. for three years .

Lydia was originally from Santa Barbara. She went first to City College of Santa Barbara, and then went to UC Santa Barbara to major in history of art and architecture.

Lydia really enjoyed the interdisciplinary side of the history of art architecture and the anthropological aspects of the discipline, that is, how people lived in different points of History.

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Portrait of Brooklyn


Brooklyn was originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We met on the beach in Santa Barbara, California, USA. At the time of this interview, Brooklyn resided in Santa Barbara, where he was a yoga instructor and said it was a pretty busy life in Santa Barbara.

Brooklyn was also a network engineer who worked with “Routers and switches.” He asserted that almost everyone in Santa Barbara were engineers. “Even the homeless guys here are engineers. How else can you afford to live in Santa Barbara?”

Brooklyn loved weed but I could live without it or I could live with it.

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Portrait of Kathy


Kathy was an administrative assistant for the city of Santa Paula and for  Finch Farms.

Kathy was originally from Santa Paula, California, USA, went to private schools in Ventura and attended Ventura College. At the time of this interview, she was living in Fillmore, California, an historical railroad town with several antique train specimens right by city hall.

Kathy had an artistic side and had made her own bracelet and earrings; the necklace, she was wearing however, was a gift from a friend.

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Portrait of Todd


I heard Todd and his band play at the 4th of July event at Edwards Air Force Base. I didn’t know who they were, but thought to myself that they really played some good Beatles. After, their performance, Todd let me interview him, and I found out that he was part of The Cast of Beatlemania. Evidently, the band was kind enough to come and play for free for the military troops at Edwards Air Force Base as they celebrated our Independence Day.

Beatlemania is a professional group that plays Beatles songs for over two hours in a performance spanning their history together. The concept has been around since 1980. I saw Beatlemania in Seattle, Washington, USA in the mid-1990’s. It is a fantastically fun experience. I highly recommend it if you have the opportunity (not necessarily in Seattle.)

When I met Todd, he had been playing Paul McCartney in the The Los Angeles Cast of Beatlemania for about eight years. He got started because somebody saw him play with another group at another event and told him “we think you’d be able to do it.” They had him play Paul because he looked like Paul and was a bass player. He always loved the Beatles.

The first time Todd heard the Beatles was when he was little, but he didn’t remember exactly when. I told Todd that I remembered the first time I heard the Beatles; it was when they were on The Ed Sullivan Show and I was very, very little. Todd said “that’s a good one to remember.”

This was shot in 100% natural lighting conditions, during sunset, no reflectors. I added the sky in Photoshop, though, for dramatic effect.

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Portrait of Courtney


Courtney worked at Paddle Sports Center in Santa Barbara, California, USA. She was working there “for the whole of two weeks” when we met.

Courtney was originally from Georgetown, Massachusetts and had graduated from The University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham, New Hampshire, having studied Recreation Management. She hoped that her career would be “mostly working with people by and on the water.”

Courtney was a beginning Surfer but was “more into kayaking and paddle-boarding” at the time we met.

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Portrait of Jeff


Jeff was originally from Iron River, Michigan, USA and had lived in the Los Angeles area for 40 years. I met him sitting and reading in front of his antique store, “Jeff”, on Fairfax Avenue, Hollywood, California. The store is named after Jeff because, “I have senior memory. This way I will always remember the name of the store.”

The store Jeff is across the street from Fairfax High School and had been at this Fairfax location for 14 or 15 years.

The jacket Jeff wears in the picture is a nice vintage jacket. I asked if it was one he earned in the military service and he said, “I love patches. I wasn’t in the service at all. I was in college. There was a time where if your number wasn’t called that month, then you didn’t get to go. I was lucky one. I kind of wish I did go because I could have served my country. But I don’t think I would have wanted to serve her in a rice paddy.”

If you’re ever on Fairfax in the Los Angeles area, stop by at “Jeff.” You’ll find very interesting, unique items, you’ll get to meet a very nice gentleman, and you’ll get to see the interesting characters that hang out in front of the high school. They might even interact with Jeff. Or, if you can’t get to LA, just check out his INSTAGRAM @jeff.antiques.

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Portrait of Col Clarke


In this portrait, Col. Anne L. Clark, PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering, stood before a mock-up of a current U.S. rocket engine, on display at the Air Force Research Laboratory, during the Rocket Lab’s Family Day, an event that brought employees, alumni and their families together to join in a variety of activities, demonstrations and displays as part of the rocket lab’s 65th anniversary.

In August 2016, Colonel Clark assumed command of AFRL’s Detachment 7, known for the past 65 years as “the rocket lab” and “the rock.” This 65-square mile research laboratory sits on Leuhman Ridge east of Rodgers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA. Prior to her current position, Colonel Clark served as the Military Assistant to the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force , Washington, D.C.

For more about Colonel Clark’s impressive career and academic credentials, see her LinkedIn profile.

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Portrait of Vinnie


Vinnie participated in Mixed Martial Arts, MMA for a living. He was 16 years old and a legally emancipated minor, that is he lived on his own, without his parents.

Vinnie surfed, skateboarded and was very active: he usually got out of the house at about four in the morning. to get his day started.

Vinnie loved everybody and wanted to tell the world “to all stay positive.”

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