Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"Following In Your Shoes" (Photo Essay)




It's surprising how intimate a shoe is to a person. Just by looking at someone's shoes you can infer a lot, however where those shoes have gone is the real story. The saying "walk a mile in my shoes before you get to know me" is incredibly important to us. We can't just look at someone and know everything about them, there are secrets and surprises behind every pair of tied laces. I took the opportunity to gather some shoes and figure out the highlights, good and bad, of their stories until this point in their long life. Here is what I learned from walking a few feet in their shoes!
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Rachel Boothby
(Photographer)
AGE: 18
SHOE SIZE: 9
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Farm Hand
DREAM OCCUPATION: Photographer/ Photo Journalist
DREAM DESTINATION: Australia
 Cape Perpetua, OR
 Lincoln City, OR
Tualatin High School, Tualatin, OR
Tualatin, OR
Wilsonville, OR

Most Cherished Memory: " During the summer following my junior year I got the opportunity to represent my church at a youth presbyterian conference in Purdue Indiana called TrienniumYou get to worship God with '5,000 of your best friends' everyday of that week. I met some of my best friends there, and now we’re practically family. I listened to some amazing stories and I saw people connect through God all the time. The worship sermons were amazing, every last one of them. And I walked and walked and walked. This campus we were on was huge, you needed google maps to help you get around without getting lost. Everyday we would wake up at around 7-7:30 and go downstairs for breakfast. After that we had delegation and small group, then lunch, worship, and recreation. Lights out was at 11:30. It doesn’t sound too busy but trust me it was. I had no problem sleeping, I was exhausted. Despite the humidity, heat, and the large repercussions of sleep loss, the lifelong memories and friends that I am so grateful for outweigh all the possible negatives."

Memory They Could Live Without: "In the seventh grade I was training for my first half marathon. Which was a big thing because not many middle schoolers are out there training for half marathons. In the middle of one of our practice runs, my mom fell and started seizing. She was taken to the hospital and put into an induced coma for a week. Since she had fallen I had been at every one of her seizures. She continued to fight for the next three years and to this day she is cancer free. But that was the day I found out my mom had stage three brain cancer. My mom was the root of our household as any mother would be, but when she was gone our life began to fall apart. It was painful watching the strongest woman I know become so weak, I would't want anyone to go through that let alone my mom. If I could, I would have taken that part out of her life."
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Colton Rump
AGE: 18
SHOE SIZE: 10
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Farm Hand
DREAM OCCUPATION: Mechanic/Car Shop Owner
DREAM DESTINATION: Cuba
Cathedral Bridge, Portland, OR
 Sea Lion Caves, Florence, OR
Sea Lion Caves, Florence, OR

Most Cherished Memory: "I was 11 and I got in the front seat of my dad's truck on Christmas in the snow. My dad was the only one there with me and he taught me how to drive in the snow and how to get the truck sideways. I cherish it because cars have more to do with my life then almost anything"

Memory They Could Live Without: "I was 5 when my mom and dad left me during their divorce. They couldn't figure their shit out so I was alone and they were too. And a couple years after that it turned into the way it did before I moved out of my mom's house. She acted like that since I was about 10. I wish I could make that go away and never happen because my life would be a lot easier now."
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Claire Senyo

 AGE: 17
SHOE SIZE: 7.5
CURRENT OCCUPATION: None
DREAM OCCUPATION: Grade School Teacher
DREAM DESTINATION: Costa Rica
Wilsonville, OR

Most Cherished Memory:"My most cherished memory would be from a beach trip with my best friends. It didn't go as planned, but that can sometimes be the best way for an adventure to be. The whole day was full og great food, beautiful views, and even better adventures. However, the best part was surprisingly the drive home. I already love driving wth good friends and good music, make it two hours after a day of incredible adventures and memories and it's one of the best things to do with close friends. After we all piled in the car to go home, we put some chill vibes songs on and immediately began talking about the best parts of our trip, running into freezing water on a lost bet, the crazy weather (Snow Hail, sun, lightning and thunder, you name it), general exploring, everything was brought up. Reliving those moments by talking about them with the people who experienced them with makes it almost feel like you're there again. On the way home we made up a game called Pouchism Which is too complicated to explain if you don't know the inside joke. The three hours went by like nothing. I have never felt that close with all of them more than being stuck in that car for 5 hours and I will never forget how we made it unbelievably fun"
Memory They Could Live Without: "If there was one thing from my life I wish didn't happen it would be breaking my arm the summer before 8th grade. I broke it during a soccer game and when it healed I tried to get back into soccer but I just fell short. My first game back I started as a goalie and ended up injuring my other arm and from that point I became so discouraged and scared of getting hurt again. In the end, I let that get to me and I gave up soccer, even though I ha been playing it since kindergarten"
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Austin Hernandez
AGE:17
SHOE SIZE: 11
CURRENT OCCUPATION: None
DREAM OCCUPATION: Mechanic
DREAM DESTINATION: Colorado
Willamette Park, OR

Willamette Park, OR

Most Cherished Memory: "My cherished memory would be the beach trip with you guys (Colton, Rachel, Grant, and Justin) when everyone was sitting by the fire and just laughing and having a good time, it was a stress free moment for me."
Memory They Could Live Without: "One thing I would change would be my mother getting hooked on drugs and leaving my sister and I."
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Grant Kindlesparker

AGE:18
SHOE SIZE:11.5
CURRENT OCCUPATION:Ranch Hand
DREAM OCCUPATION:Mechanic
DREAM DESTINATION:New Zealand or Germany

Tierra Del Mar, OR

Most Cherished Memory:"My cherished memory would probably be going to my uncle's cabin every year when I was younger. We had family reunions there and I'd get to see my entire family on my mom's side."

Memory They Could Live Without: "The only thing I would change about my life is because we stopped doing that, I'd keep it going."
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Justin McKay

AGE:17
SHOE SIZE:11.5
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Mechanic
DREAM OCCUPATION: Military Engineer
DREAM DESTINATION: Texas

Willamette Park, OR

Willamette Park, OR

Most Cherished Memory: "My cherished moment would have to be the bike ride with my dad o n the old scenic route Mackenzie Highway. I was 14 and we really didn't get along so we were sent on this trip by my mother because this road meant something to him. He took me to the place where he first met my mother and told me how much he loved her."
Memory They Could Live Without: "I wish I could go back and change my mother's passing, I would change that so quick..."
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Megan Boothby
 AGE: 46
SHOE SIZE: 9
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Co-Owner of D&M Glass Inc.
DREAM OCCUPATION: Elementary School Teacher
DREAM DESTINATION: Ireland
 Florence, OR
Florence, OR

Most Cherished Memory: "I remember watching the movie 'Say Anything' and thinking that I would one day marry a guy like John Cusack. A few years later, my girlfriend and I went up to the mountain to celebrate the new year, just us girls. She met this guy and decided he should come with us too. He brought his best friend Darrin with him. They had been skiing while we were setting up the cabin and in walked Darrin who was a spitting image of John Cusack! Fast forward 1 1/2 years and I married Darrin (John Cusack.)"
Memory They Could Live Without: "When I was training for a half marathon with my daughter and my friend, I had a massive seizure. They called 911, my husband and my parents. The doctors had to put me in an induced coma to stop the seizures. They thought it would only be for a day or two. About a week later I came out of the coma. Through months of hospital stays, 4 surgeries and many more seizures I managed to get my life back on track. Unfortunately, my daughter Rachel was at every seizure. She was there when I blacked out while I was driving her to basketball practice. She was 13 and had no idea how to drive but she managed to get the car stopped, called 911 an d helped the paramedic get the jeep off the train tracks. I feel horrible that she was at each of these events. I was worried she might be scared to be around me anymore. She was a trooper and had to deal with more than most teenagers. I am thankful for all her help. She had to experience all of this with me. I feel lucky to have had her help me."
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Darrin Boothby
AGE: 46
SHOE SIZE: 11 1/2
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Co-Owner of D&M Glass Inc.
DREAM OCCUPATION: Commercial Fisherman 
DREAM DESTINATION: Caribbean
 Sea Lion Caves, Florence, OR
  Sea Lion Caves, Florence, OR
Mo's, Florence, OR

Most Cherished Memory: "Having kids"
Memory They Could Live Without: "My wife or my mom getting sick"
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35mm film prints (4+)