This spring I had the opportunity to take a Magazine Writing class from Rosanne Pagano, an Alaskan Journalist and Liberal arts professor at Alaska Pacific University. Writing has always been a difficult process for me, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to broaden my photographic skills by learning how to develop a story accompanied by my photographs. One of my assignments was to write a profile story which highlighted a local person with an interesting life. I chose to interview Cindy Shake, a metal artist, known for her popular Alaskan themed garden art and sculptures.
I met Cindy a few years ago when I rented the downstairs apartment of her weekend home in Girdwood. Inspired by her creative drive and ability to make a living off her artwork, I wanted to learn how she got to where she is now. I then photographed her at her home and studio in Anchorage and submitted the piece to the Anchorage Press. Just last week they decided to run it as a feature story.
Check it out here: http://www.anchoragepress.com/articles/2010/05/26/news/doc4bfdc5c1e8b86620694975.txt
Cindy using an arc welder
Cindy using a plasma cutter to cut up her sheet metal
One of Cindy's famous Garden Ravens with her grasshopper hanging on her shed in the background
A fun clay sculpture of a garden monster in Cindy's front yard