There are a few old railroad cars at The Depot in Naples, FL - I don't know the back story of this particular piece of history. It would have been quite an adventure traveling by rail in it...out west perhaps?
These photos are of a homeless woman named Pinky. I've seen her around the area several times and finally decided to ride my bike to find and talk to her and take some pictures. She told me she was born 1951 in Richmond, VA. In the 1960s, she moved with her mother and father to Florida. They lived in Immokalee for a time. She graduated from Immokalee High School in 1971. Her family moved backed and forth from Immokalee to Naples to Immokalee. In 1982, she and her boyfriend moved into a house in Golden Gate Estates. That house was foreclosed on and she now lives alone on the streets. She was vague as to year the housed was foreclosed, but I think it's been within the last couple of years. She has a huge amount of stuff in shopping carts. Somehow she manages to push these all by herself. Pinky is a sweet woman - more than willing to talk to me. I printed up some of the photos and gave them to her. She was happy to have them!
Pinky's story makes me count my blessings - that's for sure!
I volunteered to booth sit at the Naples National Art Festival over the weekend. It's a wonderful way to see all of the art; give the artists a break as well as speak to them about their work. A win-win situation all around!
I "sat" in for 7 artists. The photo below shows the amazing sculpture work of Kostas Ulevicius. I left the art festival excited and inspired - ready to get in my studio and create ART!!
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My original photo was duplicated several times; blending modes, texture, brushes and masks added to make this photo special.