This young man was participating in the "Sunflower" Festival that used to be held at the Denver Botanic Gardens. It was a beautiful family-friendly event which centered around the Native American theme. The entertainment included flute playing, dancing and story telling. This young teenage boy was a real nice kid and I am almost positive that he belonged to the Hopi tribe which resides in Arizona in the same general vicinity as their Navajo neighbors. I figured that since I am still doing my Southwestern photo tour that now was a good as time as any to post this photo. The white powder on his face is not scanning noise but a fine white powder used for ceremonies. The color saturation might look a little muted but I try not to oversaturate portraits.
Photo assignments are a "feast or famine" affair and I received last minute requests to photograph dance performances and a street fair this weekend so I will be out of touch from Saturday through Tuesday.
Mel McRee brought up a very important point. Even though this young man is Native American he is still an American boy with his fashionable late 1990's haircut. I appreciate living in the USA and that the Native-American culture is an important part of our heritage. In spite of the difficult history that the European settlers and the Indians shared, Native-Americans are proud to be American citizens and many of them have served proudly and bravely in our armed forces.
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jwmunro (286) 2007-05-24 20:07
Hello Stan -
Excellent portrait. I really like the eye contact that you have developed here. His stare is really eerie, it is like he is ready to jump off the screen at me. This is image is perfect in my book especially if it can evoke some form of emotion. Bravo! Well done!
Thank you for sharing.
melmcree (18) 2007-05-24 20:16
You know how I could tell this was from '98? The haircut, it is just like typical young boy haircut from that time frame. Its funny how style can timestamp something such as this portrait. Even though he is Native American he is still "American" and that is what I see about this portrait. Thanks for sharing.
fotito (12) 2007-05-24 20:17
Un retrato muy bueno, con buena composicion y colores muy nitidos. Un saludo.
angelsimon (2466) 2007-05-24 20:23
A great portrait full of color and with a very good composition, you have framed it very well. Congratulations.
gunbud (34066) 2007-05-24 23:14
Excellent portrait with wonderful colors and details. The young man's expression suggests wisdom beyond his years.
KevRyan (22952) 2007-05-25 3:02
This is somehow a very telling an emotive shot for me - he's in an almost dreamlike state from the image - but your note says it all - the complexities of history, identity and being all bound up in what this young man will become as he grows older - his world view and his vision and how it articulates with modern America and a world still spread across many centuries in terms of wealth, well being and consciousness.
best wishes Kev
japiey (10163) 2007-05-25 6:41
So cool, so calm, and so live..this boy appears here..
His artistic nature is well caught, timely.
An interesting image.
Thank you for the study in your notes too.
feather (51128) 2007-05-25 11:12
Another good portrait from you. He will be a young man now. I like the way he is looking straight at you and the catch-lights in his eyes. I think you got the sharpness and saturation just right on this one.
Floydian (30970) 2007-05-25 16:56
Very good portrait with excellent bokeh. Colors are strong but natural. He looks a bit like a dreamer, but that only enhance the mood which it was taken in.
Have a nice day, Henk
enedimd (1532) 2007-05-27 13:15
Perfect portrait. Colors, haircut of boy, expression of boy face are so good.
Also, your not is super and useful as usual.
Have a nice day.
Bruno40 (6658) 2007-06-16 7:38
Really nice portrait. The face and eyes' expresion are very well captured.
Have a nice weekend.
plimrn (21344) 2008-03-21 12:05
I'm in agreement with all the critiques taht describe this a splendid postrait with perfect color and detail. I think the look in his eyes says that while his eyes are directed toward the camera, his mind is somewhere else; I suspect this may be the effect of participating in a ceremony that has taken him to another place. I don't think I've ever seen this captured so strongly.
dareco (17134) 2008-04-26 0:28
I really love this portrait. A very handsome young man with very good expression and eye contact. Beautiful colors! TFS
- Copyright: Stan Obert (scobert) (5355)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1998-06-00
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Nikon D70, Fuji Sensia 100
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Beautiful Portraits [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-05-24 19:39
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