Monday, June 13, 2005

Black & white

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Just for fun, I threw this photo into PhotoShop and made it black & white. I adjusted the levels a bit and I like this finished product. For awhile, I did not know his name. I was too shy to ask him after he kindly allowed me to photograph him. I called him "Smiling Eyes." I even tried to find a language translator, so I could say it in Navajo...only found a Cherokee one..."u-tse-tsi di-ka-ta"

But he wrote back to say that his name is Dennis Rogers and said that his tribal name is "Ashkilasaah" meaning "Light skinned Boy." Read his comments below and welcome, Dennis!

9 Comments:

At 7:32 PM, Anonymous Weeding the Garden said...

I really love black and white photos.. I think you can see so much more detail and character in that format..

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger Cerys Clevercrow said...

I agree. Black and white really seems to bring out the emotion in a photo.

Nice transformation!. I love Photoshop.

 
At 11:37 AM, Blogger CarolynVB said...

I think you do tend to focus on the subject more...in this case, I think his face is more detailed...and...it seems he was really looking right through the camera at me!

 
At 3:09 AM, Anonymous SpiritDancer said...

"THANK YOU" for your kind comments about me. I have dedicated my life many years ago to provideing the best cultural education to our young people ALL across our country in hopes that they will develope greater attitudes & healthier relationships with other peoples of Cultures. I traveled on the Festival as a Goodwill Ambassador of the Navajo Nation. I am a Northern Traditional Champion Dancer also. I play the Native Cedar Flute, sing Hand Drum Songs, & graduated from an ALL Indian College, HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY located in Lawrence,KS. In Spirit...peace~Dennis Rogers

 
At 7:07 PM, Blogger CarolynVB said...

Hello, Dennis! I greatly enjoyed the educational program at the Festival of Cultures, thank you for sharing your culture with my son's class. I will keep your information for possible future programs here in New York. I would love for you to share more of your culture with our children. Peace! -Carolyn

p.s. If you would like me to print a copy of the photos I took of you at the Festival, I would be glad to do that. Just let me know!

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous SpiritDancer said...

Carolyn: I THANK YOU once again for being kind to me. My tribal name is: Ashkilasaah meaning "Light skinned Boy". My Grandmother named me that way when I was 5yrs old. I am currently on another Tour of a different focus. I am Touring with Nashville recording Artists: BlackHawk as their "SpiritDancer". The name of their current CD. I do an interpretive dance with Native American sign Language. It's VERY powerfull jey VERY humbleing. PLZ feel free to reach me at C#(785) 231-9180. We may be in N.Y. soon & you can come and see me danceing to SpiritDancer. It's also avail for purchase at: www.blackhawkmusic.us In spirit...peace~Dennis Rogers/Navajo

 
At 10:59 AM, Blogger CarolynVB said...

Thanks, Dennis. I checked out the BlackHawk site...nice sound they have. I do remember reading a fan's account of your dancing at a concert, she was quite moved by the experience. I'll check back at their site to see if/when you'll come to NY. Wouldn't miss it! Also, not sure you saw my other post on you & your dancing...you can read it here: http://postcardsfromthewoods.blogspot.com/2005/06/whats-in-name.html

Be well! -Carolyn

 
At 11:58 AM, Blogger CarolynVB said...

Hey, Dennis, I'm going to an Intertribal Pow Wow this weekend! Arvel Bird will be there and the dancing schedule looks very interesting! I'll take some photos to share! Here's the link:

http://www.nimham.com/powwow/

-Carolyn

 
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