August 20th, 2014 Last Updated on: August 20th, 2014
Emilia Gaston is a Texas-based professional photographer and photo-journalist who grew up in Alabama going to pow wows with her part-Cherokee father. To this day she still loves going to them and one of her favorite pow wows is held in Grand Prairie, Texas. So why not combine two of things she loves by doing a photo essay on a local native family?
Gaston is seeking a native family who regularly competes in regional and national pow wows residing in the Dallas/Fort Worth or outlying areas to document for a photo essay. The essay will explore the realization of modern native culture and family dynamic, focusing on preparation of competition and the daily lives of the family. The completed project will be entered into several national photo contests and published on PowWows.com. Does this sound like something you or another family you know might be interested? Spread the word!
Key Areas of Consideration:
1. Family must be Native American and members of a recognized tribe
2. Family must have members who regularly compete in pow wows as dancers
3. Family must be open to being documented for months on end, with an end date to be determined based on content gathered
4. Family must be easily reachable by the photographer and able to schedule meet ups and personal time with photographer
5. Family must be open-minded to allow photographer access to candid interactions between one another and be willing to establish a trusting, personal relationship with the photographer
** Meet ups can take place at the 52nd Annual National Championship Indian Pow Wow in Grand Prairie, Texas, September 19th-21st if scheduled with Emilia Gaston by email or phone.
To see her current portfolio you can visit www.emiliagastonphotography.com. Here are some examples of some of her previous portrait work:
If interested, please contact Emilia Gaston at [email protected]
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