Artist WM Wayman Seeks Special Projects Support
USA- Crofton, MD | Aug 6 2012 | (23:14:22 - EDT)
After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and serving five years in the United States Navy as a Mass Communication Specialist [Photojournalist], WM Wayman returned to Crofton, MD be with his family. However, his dreams did not end there. His goal: to continue pursuing his love for photo journalism, while shooting weddings, portraits and sports photography as a means to help fund special projects.
Wayman recently traveled to South Dakota to develop a photo essay on Native American spirituality in Red Shirt, South Dakota. He chronicled Native American spirituality with the Two Bulls family as they worked to improve life on the reservation and preserve their native culture. While working on his Red Shirt Project, Wayman also ventured to the St. Joseph Church in Oglala, part of the Pine Ridge Reservation for the Lakota Sioux. While there, Wayman met Brian and Pat, two Lakota who were involved with the local Rodeo.
Brian and Pat were at the church selling trinkets to one of the community organizers from the Pine Ridge Community Center, and Brian (wearing sunglasses) told Wayman about life with the Rodeo: how he had been riding horses forever and had traveled all over the country. Two weeks prior, Brian had been bucked off a horse and kicked in the face while trying to break it.
Pat was a local craftsman who made and sold a variety of items. Wayman bought a key chain from the two, as means to support their cause. In return, they offered Wayman free admission to the rodeo show.
Not only had they offered Wayman free admission, they also allowed two girls to ride their horses, no questions asked. The girls had been attending the church service at St. Joseph Church. Wayman was also offered a ride, and he took it despite having limited experience riding horses.
Wayman was introduced to the heartfelt generosity of Brian and Pat, the two Lakota. Unfortunately, Wayman was not able to return for the rodeo, due to traveling expenses. However, he was given the opportunity to meet and photograph Brian and Pat, two Reservation Cowboys. Wayman intends to contact them again, when he is able to return.
The first of Wayman's series focused on Native American spirituality. The result: photography that reflects simplicity yet conveys profound artistry. Wayman is currently seeking grants and sponsors to support his special projects. Anyone interested in making a contribution towards WM Wayman's special projects is encouraged to contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images Courtesy: WM Wayman's Photostream
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