Ksawery earned a Masters of Philosophy and a Masters of Art History from Wayne State University. We commemorated the moment with a traditional cap and gown image:
I then suggested doing something that would represent those degrees throsymbolism and style. The philosopher:
The Art Historian (looking away from death):
Wild Spanish mustangs used to roam the entire coast of North Carolina. Today, after bounties and development, there are only 100 horses left at the northern end. Fortunately, they now have a protected status and are free to roam.
While they may look tame, they are indeed wild. Always keep at least 50 feet away from them and never feed them. A change in their diet causes painful bloat and can kill them.
The mustangs are smaller than domestic horses we see today. They also run the risk of inbreeding because they are in a small area and they are a small herd. The National Wildlife Refuge and the Wild Horse Fund work to keep the horses healthy, to mange their numbers, and to reduce their inbreeding. These horses are listed as critically endangered.
Above, two stallions fight over the rights to the mare in the foreground. The horses travel around in harems of about 4-5 horses.
Above, an egret rides on the back of a horse while it eats. Egrets and wild mustangs have a symbiotic relationship. The egret feeds on the files that gather around and on the horses.
When was the last time you let yourself have fun? Did you free yourself of worry and stress?
We forget to play. It's very easy to get caught up in being an adult and all the responsibilities that go with it. When we forget to play, we stop learning, we stop experimenting, and we stop exploring.
Whatever your favorite pastime, give yourself permission to not be perfect at it. For example, if you are skateboarding, go ahead and fall trying a new stunt. If you are hiking, take a new path that you haven't hiked. If you are painting or drawing, let yourself get sloppy, just freeform it for a couple sheets. If you are a musician, play incongruent notes or try a new technique.
Regardless of your pastime, the point is to push yourself in a direction you haven't gone. Don't worry about the end product or result. You aren't trying to be perfect and you aren't trying to please anyone. Just have fun trying something different.
I was fortunate to join a group in a tour of the Detroit Opera House. I love being able to join a community of friendly photographers in order to share the experience of seeing historical buildings in a way no others have seen it. I did photograph the traditional images of the theatre, but then I moved to more detailed and behind-the-scenes images. Since many don't see behind-the-scenes, I wanted to showcase those areas that were rarely seen.
Also I couldn't contain my enthusiasm for the costuming/wardrobe room. I guess i will never get over my fascination with fabrics, and particularly dress forms. I always thought they were interesting when I was a kid and would explore my grandmother's sewing room. When I entered costuming and saw a lots of forms, I had to contain my squeal of joy.
One of the downfalls of going with a group is that we tend to get into each other's way. So, I was unable to get a good image of the room showcasing the sewing machines.
Kiauna and I collaborated to create three different Gotham looks.
Donna Macauley has been selected by the Mayor of Warren to receive an Outstanding Volunteer award for her involvement with the Michigan Humane Society. Donna photographs animals in the shelters in hopes that professional images of animals playing or looking at ease, instead of being in cages and looking through bars, will help them find their permanent homes. Donna is scheduled to attend Warren’s 8th Annual Volunteer of the Year Ceremony on April 20 at Warren City Hall.
I had the pleasure of photographing Prima Ballerinas,Catherine and Shalynn, in action and in unguarded moments.
I am a Warren, MI based headshot, fashion, fantasy, fine art, senior, and portrait photographer. I have photographed the Detroit area and Southeastern Michigan for over 25 years.