Monthly Archives: November 2017

Portrait of Russell-2


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Russell was originally from San Fernando Valley but moved up to Antelope Valley, attended Antelope Valley High School, received his associate’s degree at Antelope Valley College, earned his undergraduate Communications degree at California State University Bakersfield (CSUB), Antelope Valley campus and at the time of this interview, was studying for a Masters of Science in Administration (MSA).

When Russell was studying Communications, he “didn’t really have any set goals” and was just trying to follow his instincts to see where he fit in the academic world. Russell explained that he was studying for an MSA, “to learn more about business.”

Russell also liked writing, both creative and research.

He was a night crew lead at Food 4 Less.

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Portrait of Savaanah


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Savanna was from the Central Valley area in California, but traveled every weekend to play on the softball team named the Cal A’s. She had been playing softball since she was four years old and played shortstop.

Savanna also ran cross-country and played tennis. But softball was her passion, “If all goes as planned, I will get a scholarship with the University of Delaware playing softball.” She wasn’t sure what her major would be.

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Portrait of Carlos


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Carlos had been working at Subway for a year when we met; it was his second job. His first job was tutoring any and all subjects to children ages five through seventeen.

Carlos graduated from Antelope Valley College with a degree in SELRES_c5cac77f-1d59-4c4d-8853-b24caa06dc47SELRES_8cfe1228-452b-48ad-a8c5-3e50a513bf0dSELRES_a85ac0eb-80b1-4fb7-88de-9c86a4522b88SELRES_6065a923-d4c7-43ca-93f3-4450a88dd206criminal justiceSELRES_6065a923-d4c7-43ca-93f3-4450a88dd206SELRES_a85ac0eb-80b1-4fb7-88de-9c86a4522b88SELRES_8cfe1228-452b-48ad-a8c5-3e50a513bf0dSELRES_c5cac77f-1d59-4c4d-8853-b24caa06dc47. He wasn’t able to go into this field because his mother fell ill and he had to become a full-time care provider for her. He had aspired to be a police officer, but that goal fizzled out after a while.

Carlos’s mother was doing better but was home and could not work.  Because of his experiences, Carlos’ creed was, “Make the most out of every day.”

Carlos liked working at Subway and now and then ate the food there.

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Portrait of David


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David was from Northern India and had lived in the United States since 1987. He was a postmaster for United States Postal Service in the Palmdale, California, USA office and had been working for the Postal Service since 1990. He really liked his job. When he worked, he didn’t wear a turban.

David was a Sikh who wholeheartedly believed in his peaceful religion, “I believe that whatever you do, that’s what you get back and that’s why you have to be good to other people and always do good things.”

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Portrait of Sherrie


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Sherrie attended the YMCA in Lancaster, California, USA. She loved taking the dance classes there, Zumba being her favorite. She also participated in and enjoyed ballet class.

After taking dance classes, Sherrie sat in the lobby, had coffee and hung out with friends.

Sherrie took the bus home, but didn’t like the long waits for the buses.

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Portrait of Sundri


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Sundri was nine years old and in the fourth grade. Her favorite subject in school with math because, “it’s fun to do problems.” She wanted to be a doctor, so her second favorite subject was science, of course.

Sundri played simple songs on the piano. She was working on her Christmas recital pieces. She also participated in hip-hop dance and was also preparing for a Christmas recital in that area of her life also.

During hip-hop performances, she always danced in a group, and hoped that one day she would be given the opportunity to solo or do a duet.

At the time of this interview, Sundri was reading The Princess and the Page.

This picture has been on my bucket list awhile. About two years ago, I discovered this park and took a picture of this dome climbing structure, but no none was on it. So since then, I’ve been wanting to snap one with a child on top.

Sundri’s Dad was willing for me to make her portrait on the dome, but she had never climbed that high. Thank you Sundri for being brave and climbing up there for me for the first time, so I could get this shot.

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Portrait of Lucas


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Lucas loved sports and was always doing his homework, “that is pretty much what my day is.” In school he was in the tenth grade and studying Advanced Placement history, geometry trigonometry and English. In English he was reading Blood Red Road and he thought, “it’s pretty good.”

Lucas liked football, basketball and swimming. He was on a swim team and swam 500 meter free and 200 meter free. He also participated in the 400 meter relay, swimming the last leg.

Lucas liked reading fiction and pretty much anything. To Lucas it didn’t matter what kind of book, it just, “depends how it’s written.”

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Portrait of Delaney


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Delaney was from the Los Angeles, California, USA area. She was in high school and her favorite subject was math. She also like science, her favorite science being chemistry.

Delaney wasn’t sure what she wanted to be, but she thought she might go into science, engineering or even computers.

Delaney liked reading any type of book, and liked playing sports.

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Portrait of Makhan


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Makhan was originally from Punjab, India and practiced sikhism. He had been living in the United States for over 28 years.

Makhan was a very religious man who “tried” to be religious by participating in the following: faith my God, keep my principles, I do hard work, I don’t cheat any system and not on anybody, so I can make my money and then give 10% of my salary.

Makhan was dressed in all white because “it is what my Guru Granth Sahib suggested to dress that way.”

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Portrait of Chloe


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Chloe played Sarah Adams : Stealth Fastpitch Softball. She played outfield and third base.

Chloe was a ninthe grader who wanted to study Veterinary Sciences when she was attending university. she had had Lhasa Apso/Maltese mix.

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