Womxn's March 1-21-2017 Seattle

"AND STILL I RISE" Maya Angelou

What a day we had marching in solidarity and resolve to keep our rights and values front and center while a new regime takes over Executive power.  I relished how the march brought together all generations, all genders, all races, religions, sexual orientations around the world, working to insure hope in a democratic future.  It was peaceful and powerful, reinforced by creative, expressive messages on posters, signs, placards and chanted.  Feminism felt alive, the word loud, clear and revered again. 

Our beautiful visionary future generation

Our beautiful visionary future generation

A RELEVANT HEROINE


Let's not forget Shirley Chisholm! She became the 1st black major-party candidate to run for President of the United States in the 1972 election.  She is credited with paving the way for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  She was very cool, did all kinds of great work. One of her autobiographical book titles, UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSED, is inscribed on her vault at the mausoleum where she is buried in Buffalo.  I find her legacy relevant to the presidential politics and issues of today.

I made this photograph at my son’s 8th grade Night of Notables presentation.  He and classmates dressed up as notable historic figures and gave speeches that represented those they portrayed. I thought it remarkable that one student became Shirley Chisholm.  My son chose Gautama Buddha.

Night of Notables, 1997 ©Stefanie Felix

Night of Notables, 1997 ©Stefanie Felix

The POWER of BABY


I did a little photo session with my longtime friend who recently became a grandmother and with her daughter, partner and new baby.  I learned about the POWER when the 1st great grandchild (to my parents) arrived in my own family.  I couldn’t believe the JOY this little sprite brought to everyone who came to meet her. No room for negativity, only euphoria. Babies, like these, enthrall and draw focus like a magnet!

My Dad with 1st great grandchild, 2003 ©Stefanie Felix

My Dad with 1st great grandchild, 2003 ©Stefanie Felix

May 2016, New family

May 2016, New family

Girls on a Stoop

This is the name taken by this photograph.  I made it when I lived on a block full of Tudor style houses in Mapleleaf neighborhood, N. Seattle.  The girls on the block became friends and could often be spotted talking together on each other’s front steps.  The photograph was picked up by a textbook publisher (Bedford/St.Martins-Macmillan) heading a chapter in a book used to teach college writers.  My photograph connects seeing with reading and asks the writer to connect image and text. It is a book I’m proud to be part of because it really gets at the process and strategy of writing, and I love how the content of the photograph extrapolates into an expose about hierarchy and archetypes among girls.  It’s going into a 14th edition printing this year.

Summer 1998, ©Stefanie Felix

Summer 1998, ©Stefanie Felix

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Ode to pets

Ode to pets

Early in my career I discovered the humanizing influence of animals. I used to have a website page called ANIMAL THERAPISTS. You can still see many of those photographs mixed into this newer website. I, like many, have relationships with family pets that feel stronger than many of my connections with humans. Pets have the power to influence our lifestyle and priorities; they seem to find their own niches within our homes.

Molly, the chihuahua, leads one such charmed life sacked out under a fleecy blanket on the couch through the Oregon winter. She’s kind of the boss!

Bob, another special pet in his beautiful family home

Bob, another special pet in his beautiful family home

FAMILY OF OLD

This photograph I copied (a 4x5 view camera assignment in photography school) from a postcard my paternal Grandpa Joe showed me marking the journey his parents and siblings made from Russia (the city of Chita we think) to Shanghai and then on to America in steerage arriving in San Francisco through Angel Island entry. The picture was made in Shanghai where the family lived for 3-4 years and was taken in 1891. It is really the only tangible remnant I have of this half of my heritage and I’ve always been curious to know more. Because my grandfather was born in San Francisco after his parents had immigrated, I didn’t really find out much more about the journey nor their life in Eastern Europe. Joe told me that his parents spoke Russian, were of Polish and Russian descent, and that Joe and his brothers contributed most of their earnings to benefit the entire family. Grandpa Joe did relay stories about life in San Francisco at the turn of the 20th century, including a description of chaos around the 1906 earthquake.

En route to America

En route to America

IT’S A NEW YEAR!

I see that I’m averaging a blog entry every 5 months and I will try to do better. In 2015, family relationships stand out. I am very lucky to have my elderly parents turned 91 and 92 years and to know them through so many years.

This photograph appeared on the invitation to their 65th anniversary party in 2013 hosted by the 3 daughters/sisters. They have what it takes to embrace and endure marriage for life.

The Lovebirds

The Lovebirds

Sad about Chelan

All around this landmark bridge adjacent to downtown Lake Chelan, fires rage. I hope the community has resilience to rebuild and reemerge.

In 2006, I was a regular visitor, enjoying the cherry and peach seasons and warm summer months in Eastern Washington.

In 2006, I was a regular visitor, enjoying the cherry and peach seasons and warm summer months in Eastern Washington.

I Knew DeAndre Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin is now a recognized superstar.  As the 1st homegrown soccer player from Seattle to join MLS Seattle Sounders, he became an instant sensation and played both at the Under 20 World Cup and then with the National Team coached by Jurgen Klinsmann.  He got worldwide attention at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.  Shortly after that debut he was offered a contract by  professional English club, Tottenham Hotspur and started playing with the team early this year after finishing his season with the Sounders.  


It took me a few Sounders games his first season to realize that DeAndre Yedlin was the nephew of one of my son’s teammates playing Emerald City select soccer U11-U13, 1995-1997.  Being raised by his grandparents who acted as team managers, DeAndre tagged along many practices, games, and tournaments with his uncle’s team. He was very engaged in soccer even at age 5.  While documenting youth soccer and “soccer sidelines” in those days, he became one of my subjects. Little did I know the player he would become… but I’d say he showed passion even then.