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Portrait of Walter

Walter was a photographer for over 20 years and stopped being a professional photographer in 2001. At the time of this portrait, he was taking photography classes at Antelope Valley College because he wanted to bring himself “up to date” in digital photography techniques; Walter’s entire career was devoted to film photography.

Walter was originally from San Fernando Valley, in the Los Angeles, California, USA area. He graduated from Granada High School and came to Antelope Valley in 1999.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of Johnathan

Jonathan recently started his studies Antelope Valley College. He was 18 years old and had graduated from Highland High School in Palmdale, California, USA. He was studying animation, but also wanted to study bioengineering so he could create bioengineering animations.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of Sam

Sam played the ukulele for about a year, primarily as a meditative tool; he decided to play the ukulele because he needed a hobby. He played guitar prior to that, so he knew he could learn ukulele easily. He started playing guitar in seventh grade, played for two years, stopped and recently taught himself how to play  ukulele.

Sam was born in Tucson, Arizona, USA. He graduated from Del Campo High School in Sacramento, California, USA area. He liked to play video games with friends, participated in track/cross country events.and once ran as far as 13 miles.

At the time that I met Sam, he was twenty-one years old, but he was eighteen years old when he attended American River College. He stayed there, in the Sacramento area, for two years, but after moving to Antelope Valley, when he was twenty, he started studies at Antelope Valley College.

Sam studied and aspired to be a firefighter and a paramedic. He was inspired by his uncle who told him fascinating stories of his exploits as a heroic firefighter.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of Candice

Candice primarily did conceptual photography, and studied photography at Antelope Valley College. She was was a mother to a three year old and five year old. The older child went to school and the younger stayed at home. The children loved to go outside and play or go to the park. Candice liked to take pictures of her children but most of her work was introspective self-portraiture.

Candice was born and raised in Lancaster, California, USA. She went to Antelope Valley High School. Her curls are natural, thick and wonderful.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin ©2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of Ricardo

Ricardo was the general manager at Superior Grocers in Lancaster, California, USA. He was the manager there for 2 years but sustained this grocery management career for 15 years altogether, managing various departments including Meat, Produce and Grocery.

Ricardo loved working at Superior Grocers, “People that love what they do, take that ownership and do better.” Ricardo chose this career path because when he was a young grocery shopper , watching people working, he noted the way people worked and was sure he “could do a better job than what you normally see people do in a grocery.”

Ricardo grew up in in Lancaster but he went to Palmdale High School. His younger son was a Junior at Palmdale High School and  his daughter majored in business at  Antelope Valley College.

His oldest son was 24 years old, attended University of Washington and majored in Bioengineering. We spoke about UW for awhile because I graduated from UW College of Engineering,in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Ricardo had been on the UW campus with his son and showed me copious amounts of pictures as I called out the names of the buildings and places. We both had fun reminiscing about the gorgeous UW campus.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of Jason-1

I first met Jason at Antelope Valley College in an Improvisation Class. Anyone who has taken a theater class knows that you must do trust exercises. In that particular class, I paired up with Jason. Jason had to lead me around as I had my eyes closed; I could have fallen down steps or walked into something, but as soon as he touched me, I sensed he was totally trustworthy. It was a nice feeling.

Jason is very funny. He enjoys both Improv and Stand-up and is good at either. But as all comedians, he is very cerebral. This portrait is a typical expression you will see him do in improv. He will be in some situation, where he has to be evaluative and critical, and he’ll have this expression, and then, bang, he’ll reverse in a tumult of humor.

For this project, I mostly want to shoot strangers because I get to meet new people. But  I was at Trader Joe’s, in Palmdale, CA, USA, and noticed someone I knew. I immediately had NO DOUBT he would let me photograph him. In fact, I also knew I could be experimental. I shot this on a rare overcast day, when I could not eek out 1 lumen off a reflector, yet still managed to get a shadow in there. I shot this with a Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens, at the 15 mm setting. I tried a few at 8mm, but no matter how close I got, I looked way too far away. So there you go, a portrait with an extreme wide angle lens.

You can find Jason on twitter on @ThreeIsComedy and @WTFisSuccess and on Facebook on Jason Dana Galbraith.

Image Credit: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2016 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.