Monthly Archives: May 2017

Portrait of Izaiah


Izaiah wanted to be an animator. He said, “animation was one of those things I was really interested in since I was little but it felt like I could never actually accomplish it.” Then, three or four years prior to this interview, he realized it was something he was interested in enough that he was willing to do it no matter how hard it was.

“There are a lot of things hard about art,” said Izaiah. He was never satisfied with his work, however he enjoyed the satisfaction of conquering struggles and getting techniques down. Izaiah enjoyed the gratificationion of overcoming all the difficulties.

Izaiah wanted to explore storytelling through a variety of different means. The most satisfying thing for him was storytelling, no matter what the medium.

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Portrait of Josh-1


Josh was “just a dude” who liked to come out and ride dirt bikes. He liked pizza, chicken wings and all sorts of music. Josh traveled all around the world and was originally from Idaho. He had also lived in Alaska and California but really liked to travel.

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Portrait of Nyhumi


Nyhumi means the carrier or a holder in Swahili. Because Nyhumi’s uncle was studying Swahili, he picked a lovely name for her. Nyhumi and her uncle were very close.

Nyhumi was a hair stylist who studied cosmetology at Mirabella Beauty College, which at the time of this posting was closed due to legalities.  She thought it was “unfortunate and very very sad” that her school was not available for future students.

As a stylist, Nyhumi liked all aspects of hair. and could not identify a favorite.

It was fun doing this shoot because Nyhumi was so enthusiastic about it. I love the reflection in the sunglasses, which I didn’t notice until I was doing post.

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Portrait of Jacob


Jacob was a thirteen year old who wore braces, played baseball and rode a session scooter that belong to his brother. In fact, he rode it a lot more than his brother.

At school, Jacob’s favorite subject was lunch. He only liked three of his teachers, the ones that taught history, leadership and and language arts. I asked him what one learned in leadership class and he said, “how to be a leader.”

After his mother, aunt and I had a good laugh, I was able to ascertain that they specifically learned how to talk in front of big groups of people, how to make poster boards and how to master communication skills. Maybe the class should have been called communications. But that’s a California school district for you…At least, Jacob was able to maintain a sense of humor about it.

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Portrait of Adela


Adela was a security guard at the Lancaster, California, USA Walmart. She worked for Security Defense which was a firm centered in Rialto, California. She was stationed at the Walmart in Lancaster for just a month when we met. Walmart was having too many security issues, so they called her company to hire someone to relieve the problem.

Compared to other assignments, Adela really liked this job because she stood where the greeters generally stood and “got to meet a lot of people.” Adela was a very warm and friendly person, so it was understandable that she liked meeting new people all the time.

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Portrait of Scott-2


I saw Scott sitting on a tiny scooter and thought it was so funny to see that sight among so many wonderful race cars at Willow Springs International Raceway. He used the scooter to travel around the outskirts of the track to meet and greet friends, get the gossip and see what was going on.

Scott ran a yellow 944 Porsche with the Porsche Owners Club. He took care of the car himself saying that “racing is the hobby but mechanics comes along with the racing Hobby.”

Scott was from San Diego, California, USA where he owned his own company so he could afford his own race car. “I’ve always been into racing, since I was little a little kid, so, when I got to be able to afford it, I got a race car.”

Yellow 944 Porsche

Scott adjusting his helmet before his run

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Portrait of Kat


When I met Kat, she was in the process of taking Minimoto lessons which she described as, “we were taking mini motorcycles that were about 50 cc caliber, generally kid’s bikes, to learn skills that we then can apply to our full size bikes.” She was doing low center of gravity moves and learning how to execute them safely.

Kat was riding Motocross for three years and, during this interview, she was taking a break from her second clinic at Willow Springs International Raceway.

Kat had her own Kawasaki_Z750 and a BMW F650GS .

You can learn more about Kat on her website Katz entertainment, but to sum things up, she was a full service performance-artist representative and a performer who also published blogs.

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Portrait of Brent


Brent was a Porsche Owners Club member and he had a great time whenever he came out to Willow Springs International Raceway for fun. Brett was a project manager for a large electric utility. Prior to that, he was a civil engineer where he mostly did jobs in the field of environmental cleanup. That included cleaning up contaminated soil and contaminate groundwater. Brent felt that all the projects he worked on where interesting, but when I asked him for examples, he didn’t give me any, instead, he said, “When you talk about cleaning up stuff, people don’t care. Out of sight, out of mind.”

Brent was originally from Illinois, completing his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois in Campaign, Illinois, USA. At the time of this interview, he lived in Los Angeles where he learned to love racing cars.

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Portrait of Brendan


Brendan came to Willow Springs International Raceway with the Porsche Owners Club to attend their annual pre-summer event. Brendan was a software salesman who started off in building construction and got into software sales accidentally. He was from San Diego, California, USA.

Brendan participated in car racing for over 20 years and owning his own Porsche was his lifetime dream. He could finally afford to buy the parts to build his own car by “scratching pennies.” He bought one part at a time quote “find a chassis, the motor, the this, the that…” Brendan’s car, below, was a Porsche 911 1970 RS.

Porsche 911

Side view (cool spoiler)

Fuel Cell

Extra tires

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Portrait of Suzanne



Suzanne was a retired teacher who started off teaching in elementary school and high school and also taught English for non-English speakers. Toward the end of her career, she taught the General Equivalency Degree (G.E.D.) which certifies people who didn’t complete a high school diploma.

Suzanne started her college career at Marymount College in Palos Verdes, California, USA. But towards the end of her studies, she moved to the Loyola campus when Marymount joined with Loyola to become Loyola Marymount University. She majored in education and English and minored in French.

When Suzanne taught English, she preferred teaching literature. However, when she was teaching the GED, she had to teach a lot of writing. She found that it was difficult to teach people how to analyze all the aspects necessary to do a “five-part essay.” It was especially difficult to teach the non-English speakers to write essays.

At the time that we met, her daughter was also a teacher and Suzanne went to assist her daughter in her class two times a week. Suzanne noted that, “now they teach essay format at an earlier age.”

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