Portrait of Emmanuel


Emmanuel repaired and installed marble and stone statues, gazebos, and benches for Sculpture Design Imports in Beverly Hills, California, USA. He was doing that for three years and he got the job because his father was the manager in the store. Prior to this position, he was a mobile detailer for exotic cars and prior to that he was in construction. Before that, he was a manager and Driver at Pizza Hut.

Originally Emmanuel was from Guadalajara, Mexico. He was brought to the United States at 5 years old, and grew up in Van Nuys, California, USA and graduated from Birmingham High School.

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Portrait of Justin


To say that Justin was an impressive Motocross rider would be a failed understatement. He was absolutely amazing for his age. He also rode very safely among adult stunt riders and knew exactly what he was doing.

Justin was seven years old and lived with his four sisters, his single dad, and his grandma and grandpa. He was in the first grade and was passionate about Motocross. He also like baseball and football. Justin was the first boy I met, since I started this portrait project, that did not like Legos. He only liked motorized bikes, bicycles and american team sports.

Justin got all A’s in school and was mechanically oriented. There was a good chance that when Justin grew up he would become a mechanical engineer.

 

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Portrait of John-2


John came from Orange County with a group of friends to attend the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival for their second year in a row. His group, however, had been participating together in various events, including Civil War reenactment for many years; they were Terry’s Texas Rangers 8th Cavalry.

John was in retail but enjoyed emulating being a cowboy on a cattle drive or Civil War Texas Ranger.

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Portrait of Michelle


Michelle loved selling art from Art One Gallery in Beverly Hills, California, USA because she liked talking to interesting people from different places about art with a “fun vibe.” She claimed that the best part of the 3D art was that people would come back to the store and see it from a different point of view, and then discuss it some more. The majority of the colorful 3D pop art Michelle had was by a New York artist named Charles Fazzino.

Michelle recounted a very interesting story that occurred when their old store was located in Santa Monica California, USA. A gentleman called claiming he contacted five different galleries to ask if he could propose to his girlfriend in the midst of their art. Although none of the previous galleries were compliant, Michelle and her mother were more than happy to oblige. Michelle’s mother hid in the closet and jumped out like a Paparazzi, snapping pictures as the proposal ensued.

A second art gallery proposal involved a gentleman who had a work of sports art made with the scoreboard reading, “will you marry me.” He brought his beloved from the east coast to the Beverly Hills store, and as they were looking at the art, she pointed to it and got the message. He also surprised her with a trip to Hawaii.

Furthermore, Michelle was helpful in that she advised the gentleman to pack all his beloved’s necessities for Hawaii, especially swimsuits, because “it’s very hard for a woman to buy swimsuit at the last minute.”

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Portrait of Wishbone


Wishbone was a mechanical engineer from Lake Elsinore, California, USA. He was also a blacksmith who, for 27 years, primarily practiced at events such as  the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. Wishbone said, “come down to the Cowboy to have fun and keep the old west Alive.”

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Portrait of Randall


Randall, a native American of the Miniconjou band of the Sioux (Lakota) Nation, was in the process of setting up a teepee  (also interchangeably called a Lodge). His buddy, who was helping him set up the lodge, was for the most part Cherokee. When I got there, Randall had two lodges already set up, one was his Lakota style Lodge, and another one was a Cheyenne style Lodge.

At 65 years old, Randall left his everyday job and came down to Newhall, California, USA (part of Santa Clarita) “by special invitation, to bring the true history of the Indian peoples to the white/American public who’s only exposure to this date has been history books written by Europeans, the Anglos, and the movies that they see. This is how we live. This is how we set them up. ”

Randall was looking forward to speak to the people who would be coming to the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. Each year, with determination and dedication, Randall spread the true history of his people to everyone he could reach to offset what they learned incorrectly in school.

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Lakota style Lodge

Lakota and Cheyenne style lodges

Randall Erects Teepee (Lodge)
“This is how we set ’em up.”

Portrait of Michael


Michael was seventeen and went to Legacy High School in Bismarck, North Dakota, USA. His father, however, lived in Rosamond, California, USA.

Michael had been doing Motocross since a very young age and his only other interests were participating in BMX and skateboarding. Michael was also mechanical, and wanted to be either a welder or a mechanic when he completed High School.

Michael was a really great guy. I was making action shots of his incredible stunts (see below) and was amazed to see that he was so young when he took his helmet off. It was just such a pleasure being around someone who was so stable and knew exactly what he wanted in life.

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Portrait of Cameron


Cameron was a very athletic, eight-year-old, second grader who loved to play basketball. Just before I met him, he had just finished playing in the Palmdale, California, USA basketball league.

Cameron like to watch TV and play games, but mostly, was a very athletic child, one of his favorite things to do was to sleep.

Cameron was  born in San Fernando Valley, but his nuclear family moved to Antelope Valley to be closer to extended family.

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Portrait of Donna


One thing that all cultures and nations have in common is paying taxes. Today is tax day in the United States of America. In honor of tax day, the person that I shall post will be my accountant, Donna.

Donna was a person who loved “getting things in ORDER,” which she practiced since she was a child. Along with the multitudinous receipts, forms, ledgers etc involved in accounting, Donna saw the legal aspects of accounting as part of the process of getting things at ORDER, “it’s challenging to set things up so that it works out best for my clients.”

Donna studied accounting at California State University, Northridge, and was a practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for 35 years. At the time of this posting, she worked out of Lancaster, California, USA. At the start of her career, Donna thought that the legal aspects of accounting were going to be black and white but she ended up finding them very grey. Of course, she perceived tax law as something that needed to be put in ORDER.

Donna is a great accountant. Recently, a new friend, who moved to this area, asked me for an accountant recommendation. When I mentioned to Donna that I knew someone who wanted to retain her, she told me she was so busy that she wasn’t taking any new clients.

If countries hired accountants of Donna’s caliber to keep their finances in ORDER, geo-political systems would be much more stable in this world. Consequently, it would be a much happier, easier and more organized place to live.

BTW, Donna is so busy, she has no website or social media links, not only because she has no time, but because she doesn’t need them.

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Portrait of Jennifer


Jennifer was 37 years old and had Down Syndrome so lived with her immediate family: her brother, her sister-in-law, her mother and two nieces. Because her family had two little girls, she always had someone with whom to play and had a good life.

Jennifer liked to read her books, and to watch Harrison Ford movies, especially Indiana Jones and The Fugitive. Jennifer also loved Disney characters, and Elvis Presley; she listened to his music often.

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