Category Archives: Portraits

Portrait of Greg-2


Greg was the owner of Voodoo Vinyl New and Used Records which was a “newer used record store” with guitars, 33’s, 45’s, and clothing. It was “a piece of the past.” Voodo Vinyl was located in Lancaster, California, USA on The Blvd.

“It was a lifelong dream to open a store like this,” Greg stated. “I was collecting records for 35 years. Music has always been my life.”

I asked Greg to pick two albums so he could pose with them. When he showed me the albums, I was enthralled because  Let It Be  was my favorite album, ever.  It was like he read my mind.

Greg chose those two albums because Let It Be was made by  The Beatles, “the greatest rock band ever” and he thought that was perfect. The other album was Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables  which was “a perfect punk style record by the  Dead Kennedys.”

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Portrait of Wendy


Wendy was a medical assistant who was on maternity leave with a three week old.  “It’s very tiring” being a new mother, she remarked.

Wendy grew up in North Hollywood, California, USA and went to East Valley High School. At the time of this interview, she lived in Palmdale, California. Wendy studied being a medical assistant in Casa Loma College located in Van Nuys, California.

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Portrait of Amanda


Amanda was originally from Summerville South Carolina, USA. Her husband was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base and she had moved to Antelope Valley straight out of high school.

Amanda made baby clothes and cloth diapers and sold them through GrayScaleThreads. She started this company because she very interested in Star Wars and Harry Potter and there were no options for baby clothes for those items.

I had a very dynamic argument as to who was a bigger Star Wars fan. I explained to her that I stood online first day first show for Return of the Jedi when I was pregnant in 1983. Amanda, on the other hand, rebutted with the fact that when she was eight and a half months pregnant, she went to see The Force Awaken with her husband the day it came out.

Amanda added that she did not go to the bathroom one time she and sat through the entire thing, “It was awesome totally worth it,” she said.

So was Return of the Jedi, but I did go to the bathroom. She won.

Bantha poodoo.

 

Two Star Was themed little sacks

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Portrait of Filippo


In this picture, Filippo uses a tamper shank plate with a jackhammer to soften up the soil, readying it for Landscaping.

In Antelope Valley, California, USA, the land is very hard and impacted, especially on a construction site where nothing had been erected for a very long time.

Filippo was softening the soil so that the perimeter of this site could be beautiful someday.

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Portrait of Guadalupe


Guadalupe, also known as Lupe, was two months old in this photograph and was born in Lancaster, California, USA. Her mother said that it was a really easy birth and it was much faster than the birth of any of her three sisters.

Lupe is “my calm baby that sleeps a lot,” her mother who enjoys her very much remarked.

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Portrait of Kaitlyn


Kaitlyn was 33 weeks pregnant. It was her third pregnancy and she was hoping that it would be her “second living child.”

Kaitlyn was from Lancaster, California, USA and was a stay-home mom who was diligently teaching her three and a half year old the basics. Kaitlyn, herself, was home-schooled.

Kaitlyn loved being a mom she said “it changed me a lot.”

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Portrait of Levi


Levi had been a public works operator for The Rosamond Community Services District for two and a half years . He had been driving a tractor for two and a half years which he learned on the job .

Levi was originally from Lancaster, California, USA and went to Antelope Valley High School.

Levi’s Tractor

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Portrait of Jessica-2


Jessica worked at BLVD Cinemas in Lancaster, California, USA, where she had been hired as a barista, a concessionista, and cleaner of theaters.

Jessica was working at the local Indy theater for two months. Prior to her entertainment industry position, she was a stay-at-home mom with three children, ages 9, 7 and 4. Jessica was happily married and “loved serving Yahweh.”

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Portrait of Jim


In the portrait, Jim stands by his twin engine Mitsubishi MU2 with Garrett TPE331 engines, each capable of producing 800 horsepower thrust. The aircraft had max range of 1,200 mile, which made the robust aircraft perfect for plenteous cross country trips.

Jim flew cross-country hundreds of times. Jim had flown all over the United States and had flown several cross-country trips because he had “a lot of friends that lived all over the place and went to visit them.”

Jim was flying general aviation for 30 years. He got into it because his father had a Beechcraft Bonanza.

 

MU-2 parked and Jim doing a walk around

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Portrait of Kellie


In this photograph, Kelly ponders her collectible card game named Magic the Gathering at Battlegrounds Computer & Tabletop Games in Lancaster, California, USA.

Kellie’s interest in these magic cards was inspired by her previous boyfriend. She studied the techniques on her own and then walked into the store, Battlegrounds, where she found a mentor to teach her how to play correctly.

Kellie was originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA and moved to Antelope Valley about the time she went to high school.

Kellie graduated from Desert High School, Edwards, California, attended Antelope Valley College (AVC). At the time that we met, she was planning to attend California State University(CSUB) at Bakersfield to major in biology.

Some of the Cards up close

Gorgeous Artwork

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