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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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21~O by Daphne

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And I’ve already eaten all the candy!!

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Portrait of Melody


Melody was two years old she liked dinosaurs, dirt and Disney princesses, especially Sofia and Elena.

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21-M by Arnoldo

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Happy birthday, baby girl!!

 

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Portrait of Sanah


Sanah was originally from Zabadani, Syria. She immigrated to the United States when she was 18 years old, so her life in Syria consisted of being a student.

Sanah first’s profession was as a floral arranger who mostly did weddings. But, as of late, she “settled on creating natural soaps and lotions at home.”

All Sanah’s products “are natural, with only the best ingredients: pure olive oil, shea butter and coconut oils.”

Sanah has “some of the best creams that you can get.” Sanah puts together personal gift packages and you can order her products online at Levant Beauty.

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21-L by Beverly

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State fair season is the greatest!!

 

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Portrait of King


King was a two years old child model who loved cars and whose favorite food was fruit.

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21-K by Roger

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Rah Rah!! Let’s Go State!!

 

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Portrait of Michael-3


Michael was the (Information Technology) IT Consultant for California State University Bakersfield at the Antelope Valley College campus. He said that his title was, “a fancy way of saying I’m a geek…My multitude of obsessions include comics and role playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons, which I’ve been playing that since the first edition, back in the seventies.”

StarWars was not Michael’s favorite, although he understood all Star Wars references I made. He did love A Song of Ice and Fire series and when Michael first started reading the series, he thought to himself, “Like, Yay. No one going on a random quest to save the universe or whatever…Don’t get attached cuz they’re going to die…That’s great.”

Michael believed A Song of Ice and Fire was a breath of fresh air after all the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy template/knockoff-type fantasy series, “And of course there’s all the political skulduggery, which makes it entertaining.”

Michael only watched Game of Thrones, the show, one season and was not impressed. I can only imagine what he would have thought of season seven. Let’s not talk about that.

Michael had various employees under him and he was a complete Tyrant. Please see his wanted poster below whence he seeks new work study employees. I’m kidding. He wasn’t a Tyrant at all. He was a really nice guy, laid back, with a sense of humor, and a humorous bulletin board.

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21~I by Daphne

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And the neighborhood goes wild!!

 

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Portrait of Netty


Netty and I met at  Antelope Valley Hospital, Lancaster, California, USA. Netty started talking to me about my shorts, of all things; she liked the pockets in my cargo shorts.

I realized right away, by how colorfully she appeared and spoke, she was an artist. Then I perused a fashion magazine and I saw someone wearing an outfit that I thought she might want to wear, so, I showed it to her. This prompted a conversation about photography and art. I showed her some of my portrait work which she admired.

I requested to include her in my portrait project. She didn’t want me to make her picture because she didn’t like how she looked in pictures, but she consented after I promised her I would make a wonderful picture of her.

We were outside, in front of the hospital’s volunteer office, by the memorial garden for the pet therapy program dogs that passed away. My dog, Hector, had participated in the pet therapy program until four years prior to this posting, when he died. Netty mentioned that she herself had two therapy dogs at some time in her life, so it meant a lot to both of us to be there.

I brought out a little stool and a Netty sat among the Roses. She felt very spiritual and suddenly put her hands in Namaste position. I asked her to keep her hands in that position and to look up.  I snapped a few shots like that and ended up with what we both agreed was a perfect portrait of her spirituality, colorfulness and hopefulness.

Netty was originally from Dillonvale, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA, which was very close to West Virginia, “in the sticks.” Netty said she was a Coal Miner’s granddaughter. Her family was the first and only black family in the town. She learned how to love everybody for just who they were and “I’m never going to change that.”

Artist Netty was a spiritual being who was, “trying to spread hope and love to everyone I touch. That’s what I’m doing here.” Netty’s art often had a message to it. “I don’t name my pieces because I want the pieces to bring out their own power.” Most of her work was recycled art, that is, things that “already passed” and needed to be “re-purposed.”

Netty said she did show her art “way up North,” but didn’t show anywhere in the Antelope Valley area. She was not sure if it was simply not important to show her work or she just didn’t have courage.

It was an honor and a pleasure to meet someone with as wonderful a spirit and heart as Netty.

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21-N is for No

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My favorite thing about fall!!

 

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Portrait of Dave-3


At the time of our meeting, Dave was an officer with California Highway Patrol for eight years, and started motorcycle patrol duty about six years prior.

Dave always had a loved motorcycles and had been riding motorcycles since he was ten years old, “I have a passion for riding motorcycles…I absolutely love my job and the fact that I can drive a motorcycle all day is a cherry on top.”

Dave was originally from Central Valley/Bakersfield area.

When I was shooting his portrait, I noticed that Dave didn’t have his helmet. His helmet was attached via a safety lock on to the frame of his motorcycle. Below is a picture of that lock. I thought it was robust looking, and very pragmatic.

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21-H by Melody

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Sending thoughts and prayers to Texas

 

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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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21-G by Roger

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Wait, what? It’s Wednesday?

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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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Round 21 – ABC Wednesday – D

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Wait, what? It’s Wednesday?

 

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Portrait of Dave-2


Dave was from just north of Houston, Texas, USA and played bass for Sundance Head, which he had been doing for a little over 6 years.

Dave had played bass for at least 25 years and didn’t play any other instruments, nor did he sing. Dave thought maybe he should be singing.

His band generally played original music with a bluesy, country sound, with a bit of soul . His favorite song was Darling Don’t Go because “it was a really strong song.”

I’m generally not into country music, but I have to admit, that their sound was really good.

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Round 21 – ABC Wednesday – D

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August 2

 

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