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Portrait of Spencer


Spencer was a student at .Antelope Valley College doing his French homework. When I noticed him, he was studying countries, nationalities, idiomatic expressions and much more for an upcoming exam.

Spencer was majoring in history because he loved history. He was studying French because he needed a language requirement for his degree and French was also one of his loves.

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Portrait of Saul


Saul attended Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California, USA with the intent of studying radiology, however, at the time of this interview, he was studying General Studies, which meant, he had three years of training to go.

Saul was interested in studying Radiology because, “I’m a big fan of hospitals and Healthcare. In the past, I had injuries with my ankle. I’ve had MRIs done on my ankle and it just caught my eye on taking photographs of the body and the brain as well. I guess it was just a quick interest for me.”

Saul also played soccer (football) in an adult league, mostly Defender, but sometimes Midfield.

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Portrait of Ace


Ace was a student at California State University, Bakersfield majoring in Communications and Psychology. She was a senior and also a beginner dancer. Her favorite style dance was modern dance.

Ace did several dance performances, mostly at Antelope Valley College. She also did dramatic theater at the Palmdale Playhouse .

Ace’s mother was a professional pianist so she learned how to play the piano as a young child,  but she didn’t play piano very much as an adult.

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Portrait of Brittany


Brittany was a photography student at Antelope Valley College who had an eight-year-old son, and loved her cell phone

Brittany went to punk rock concerts and played the drums; she had a pearl export, silver, five piece drum kit.

Brittany loved to cook, especially to bake cupcakes and she wanted to learn how to bake pies.

Brittany was a hard working but easy going, pleasant person who was a joy to know and work with.

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Portrait of Tienaye


Tienaye was born in San Diego, California, USA, but had been living in North Edwards, California when we met. Prior to that, she lived all over the country in places such as Georgia, Washington, Oregon and New York. She traveled so much because her parents liked to travel. She loved that lifestyle and her favorite place to live was in Seattle, Washington because “it rains there’s so much” and she loved the rain.

Tienaye was home-schooled, and then majored in English at Antelope Valley College. She wanted to be a poet and posted her poetry on her private Instagram account.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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