Category Archives: photography

Portrait of Lamuel


I met Lemuel while he was selling pet products at the Lancaster Bark at the Park event, in Lancaster, California, USA. In his hands, in this photograph, he is holding two dog toys.

Lemuel was a professional maintenance man. He contracted out to 36 different apartment building. “I don’t have to look for work. Work comes to me. I’m that good.” He also noted that the people who ran the booth, selling the pet products called him, he did not call them.

Lemuel was a spiritual person who not only supported animal events, but also Pow Wows and other celebrations of Native American tribes all over Southern California.

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Portrait of Breynne


Breynne was going to Concordia University, Irvine in Orange County, California, USA, and was planning to transfer to University California, Fullerton to study Kinesiology. She wanted to be a rehabilitation specialist for animals.

Breynne was inspired to do this because, when she was younger, she used to watch Animal Planet with her sister and they “would see how dogs would get rescued and then how they would get rehabilitated and they would find items for them to help the rehabilitation.”

Breynne emphatically added that she, “would rather do that then deliver bad news.”

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Portrait of Donald


This, in essence, serves as a wheel chair for a dog, that is, a dog that does not have hind legs, uses this for mobility

Donald was a Veterinary Orthotics and Prosthetics Custom Brace and Artificial Limb Provider for dogs and other animals. His company’s name was kinetic paws through which he offered “Premium Hand Crafted Orthotics.”

His background was in human orthotic and prosthetic application, “I started a company providing the same type of aides and devices for animals.” This was due to his extreme passion and love for animals.

Donald worked with rehabilitation specialists and with veterinarians. The vets made sure that his devices were appropriate and that the applications would fitted properly.

Donald’s services were provided all over Southern California, hat is, he traveled all over Southern California to furnish Orthotics to different animals. However, he was headquartered in the Palmdale/Antelope Valley area and that was were he did most of his design and fabrication.

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Portrait of Alison


Alison was one year old and had four teeth. A fifth one coming in. She really liked food, but most wonderful, she was hospitable and kindly offered me food. She was a very giving person.

Alison also liked to speak. Her vocabulary consisted of, “Mama and agua.”  She also said, “oh yeah” and she tried to say “Bay-ya” which was the name is her dog, who she loved

“Mostly,” her mother said, “she was spoken to in Spanish, so her words were in Spanish.”

Not only did Alison love her dog, but she also loved Christian music and to play with her cat.

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Portrait of Arthur


Arthur was originally from Los Angeles, California, USA and lived in Antelope Valley his entire life.

At the time of our meeting, he had been doing construction for 15 years and said he did painting, drywall “and a little bit of everything.”

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Portrait of Alexus


Alexus was born and raised in Lancaster, CA, USA and was recreation coordinator for the City of Lancaster.

She not only coordinated recreation, but also set up events for the city.

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Portrait of Alex


Alex sold RV’s and camper-trailers for All Valley RV. At the time of this interview, he worked  full-time, however he did go to college for two years. He had attended Carthage College which was located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA.

Although Alex grew up in Antelope Valley, he decided to go to college in an area where he had family.

Alex was a studio artist and he majored in that because it was the only art major they had at Carthage College. However, had he had the choice, because he loved photography and videography, he would have majored in one of those.

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Portrait of Haley


In this portrait, Haley is wearing a Greek dance costume. Haley got into Greek dancing because her fifth grade teacher invited her to try it out. She had been doing it for eight years, and at the time of this posting, she was participating in the Antelope Valley Greek Festival.

Haley was in twelfth grade at Quartz Hill High School. She was planning to go to Antelope Valley College where she would take core classes so that she could transfer to San Diego State University (SDSU) and study zoology.

I think Haley would make a perfect Hermia, in A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.

Haley dancing with ensemble in full costume (second on right)

Haley dancing with ensemble in leggings and costume-top, last on right

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Portrait of Jacob-2


Jacob went to Rosamond High School and liked to play the drums. He wasn’t in any bands, just liked to play for fun.

Jacob had a beginner’s drum kit and was learning  music off recorded hits and  some of his favorites. His father was helping him “learn how to do a few things because my dad was pretty good at doing musical instruments.”

Jacob was learning different rhythms and was practicing them. He said it was hard to learn.

Jacob was planning to be a welder and wanted “to get in to building aircraft.”

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Portrait of Cynthia


Cynthia was a music teacher who taught piano, voice and fiddle in the music genres of Celtic, mariachi and folk songs. Cynthia made arrangements for the cultural ensemble with which she worked.

Cynthia was a mezzo-soprano who chose a music career about 35 years prior to our meeting. She had studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and majored in music composition and theory.

Cynthia was retired from the San Joaquin Valley School Districts, San Joaquin Valley, California, USA, where she taught choir and orchestra in junior and senior high school, and sometimes in elementary school.

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