Sometimes, the shot before the “real” shot is the image I like best.
Question #3 : If you could live in any other year, past or future, when would you choose to live?
Question 2 in this little series… If you could only have one drink and one food item for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
For 10 years I’ve been asking a question on my voicemail. It all started with, “Please leave a message as well as: what do you prefer, paper or plastic?” After a month I’d change it … “would you rather have the ability to fly or be invisible?” In addition to getting answers and sometimes lengthy explanations from friends and family, strangers would tell me things – that’s what got me hooked. A doctor calling with test results, “…your test came back benign and my favorite cereal when I was a kid was Fruit Loops.” I haven’t recorded any of the answers for a decade! So I’m turning it into a little portrait project, starting last week. With camera in hand I’ll be asking random people a question and posting their answer and portrait. The question this week was, “Which would you rather be: a werewolf, a vampire or Frankenstein?” My conclusion after completing my “monster” research, and yes the term “monster” is up for discussion is: the werewolf people like to be wild and like that it’s predictable when it will happen, vampires are attracted to being sexy, fashionable and as one woman said, “They’re really smart”, and Frankensteins like the idea of always being in their state of uniqueness. They have time to assimilate into the mainstream perhaps. Hmmm… stuff to think about if you can’t sleep tonight.
Originally a gift to King Kamehameha V from Hong Kong in the 1860’s, axis deer have multiplied at a fast rate on the Hawaiian islands without any natural predator to control the population. On Maui, the deer can be seen not only in the forests and meadows but also on the golf courses, pineapple fields, vineyards, eating the local farmers crops and even in hotel lobbies. Kanalu Sproat has been hired by the Maui Axis Deer Program to coordinate new ways of managing the deer population through tracking and learning more about their habits, as well as being the liaison between local farmers, ranchers, hunters and residents who are having problems with the invading deer and policy makers. The deer are beautiful and elegant creatures, however, the balance or imbalance of an ecosystem is much more apparent when one lives on a small island. My solution would be to offer some family planning classes for those deer! Okay, so I don’t live in a cartoon world. These guys I photographed for the story Hana Hou Magazine is publishing on the deer were smart, informed, compassionate people who want to take care of the population explosion in the best way possible for all.