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Crazy about Collage

by lulujane on July 30, 2009

My first collage was of Joe Dupuis who is the husband of my dear friend Gail.  One of the leagues Joe plays in is the Windsor Essex County Senior Sports Organization at the baseball diamonds at the Ciociaro Club in Windsor.

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In fact, at this early exploratory stage, I did two of Joe.

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Hector was over-the-top appreciative and has been encouraging me to do more, telling me how much this collage meant to him. He played lots of sports when he was younger and didn’t think he would be playing baseball at this point in his life.

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Over the past few years I often visit Rosaire and JoJo’s lovely garden.  It changes with the weeks, with the blooms in season, and I have always been openly welcomed into their well tended, well loved nature space.  In gratitude, I also made a collage for Rosaire.

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I was one of six local Special Olympics photographers for the Windsor hosted July Ontario Special Olympics. For a few weeks prior to the event, I attended rhythmic gymnastics practices as well as track and field and baseball. Additional collages follow:

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The softball team was coached by Marie Mailloux (top left in image below). This collage was made from photographs at the beginning of the season and illustrates many athletes, some of who made the competition team, and some who did not:

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Jim Wright (top left of collage below) was the track and field coach and their collage was also made up of people trying out for the LaSalle Spirit team that would represent the area at the Games.

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My niece, Wendy Foote, belongs to the Cedar Island Yacht Club in Kingsville and asked me to photograph a regatta on July 18th.  I ended up making a collage for her husband of Frank’s sailboat ‘Footloose’.

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Last weekend, while visiting my friend Betty in Colchester, her daughter Shelley invited us to dinner.  I almost always have my camera with me and can’t resist the allure and invitation of a lovely garden.  Hers was no exception. Within the next few days I will present her with a gift collage, topped by a photo of her husband Bill and daughter Faith.

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I am also a friend of Shelley’s sister Carol.  Last September Carol invited me to a beach party/appreciation day/pig roast. I took many photos, and when transferring them onto my computer, inadvertently deleted them from my SD memory card.  One of my Special Olympics photographer friends, Darren, met me at Taloolah for lunch the other day and brought his laptop with retrieval software and was able to bring up the lost images.  I was relieved, particularly because I remember being conscious of wanting to get good photos for her. Yes… it follows that I created a collage for her of this event.  It shows the care she took in preparing her outdoor spaces for her guests.

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All of this…. within less than the past two weeks. Passionate, driven, obsessed?  Likely they all fit for the time in which I was creating these pieces of art.

And then there is golf:

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I am realizing that the possibilities are endless.

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Windsor Special Olympics Gymnastics

by lulujane on June 19, 2009

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I liked this photo of Iesha Ellwood – it scans over a series of three mirrors, giving vertical breaks and uneven placement of wall art.

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What a delight to observe these happy athletes at work/play.

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Iesha Ellwood

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Concentration was the order of the day.

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Determination and poise.

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This looks like so much fun.

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Sweetness shared by Iesha is sweetness doubled.

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Sydney Hansen

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Paige Padbury

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Sometimes there are happy accidents in photography.  Through the sheer luck of it, the line on Celine’s tunic aligned with the line of the wall mounted bar.

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Sydney looks like such a happy person.  As I followed her with my lens I often smiled to myself in response to her bright smile.

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Sometimes there is a time out for adjusting equipment.

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Some postures look like statues.

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While other poses are action oriented.

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As I was leaving the dance studio I commented to one of the waiting moms, telling her that I could tell the athletes really worked hard at developing their skills.  She nodded an affirmation as I added “they have a lot to memorize”.

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Coaching with Heart

by lulujane on June 5, 2009

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Warm ups with Jim at track and field practice on May 25, 2009

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Start-ups with Jim.  Get set…

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Finding your mark.

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Encouragement.  A positive coach helps the athletes to believe in themselves.

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Some things need explaining.  Patience is a requirement for coaching.

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A good coach shares information, encourages and supports and believes in what is possible.

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At the end of the day, a great coach believes in never giving up.

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Many faces of Special Olympics

by lulujane on June 5, 2009

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This post is a part of a collection of the faces of the LaSalle Spirits, local Special Olympic athletes.

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Perhaps at some point I may be able to attach faces to names.  I hope so!

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Running

by lulujane on June 4, 2009

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Watching the LaSalle Spirits, local Special Olympics athletes at their baseball practice last evening, gave me lots of opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the human form combined with the strong determination of the players.

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These athletes work hard – willingly.

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I am looking forward to soccer and gymnastics.

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Determination – Special Olympics athletes

by lulujane on June 3, 2009

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I feel grateful to have the opportunity to be one of the photographers in Windsor with the freedom to photograph our local Special Olympics athletes as well as the events,  coaches, etc. at practices and at  the greatly anticipated Ontario Special Olympics to be hosted by our city in July.

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On Monday, May 25th I attended a track and field practice at Sandwich West Public School in LaSalle. It is  clear that these athletes are committed, focused and determined.

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I celebrate the ongoing freedom allowed to capture lots of wonderful images to honour these committed athletes.

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