Thank you again BathLife for printing another lovely feature
It was such as honour to have my portrait series "Spirit Hawk Eye: A Celebration of American Native Culture" open at The American Museum this week. The show will be up until the end of November 2015, so if you're passing do pop by to see it. Friday was the preview night when the members and friends of the museum were invited and the Director said a few words and presented me with a beautiful scarf.
The exhibition shows 20 images featuring contemporary Native American portraits, including Navajo, Paiute, Comanche, Iowa, Zuni, Hopi, Apache and Chumash. Text is included under each image, telling their stories. The show is about what each of these people have to say, to promote the things important in their life and their culture. It's just a small glimpse into the diverse ways of American Indian communities.
It's especially exciting that the museum has kindly raised funds to bring across three of the people I photographed for an in-house residency at the museum in July. Alan (Chumash), Sarita (Iowa) and Nocona (Comanche) will be giving some talks as part of the schools programme about their culture.
Once again, a special thanks to all the people who I photographed and participated in the project. Special thanks to Danny, Sarita, and Alan. If you're in the area, do pop in and see it!
A fun day spent shooting an Autumn calendar for the Kari Young family. We shot in the wilderness of their garden where the woods start, and the autumn leaves and winter woolies really added to the atmosphere. Props included a pumpkin, teepee, wooden chest, hats, scarves and conkers and even a zip line in some shots! The girls were a delight to work with. Kari Young intends to print and frame some of the images and to create a calendar to give as christmas presents for friends and family.
Thank you to Zena Whalley for being photography assistant on the day