"When Essence Overshadows Likeness"
In Memory of Susie Salaiz Johnson
As a photographer making my way along an chartered artistic journey, I was privileged a handful of years ago to photograph my unforgettable and dear friend, Susie Salaiz Johnson whose father belonged to the Apache nation and had grown up in the Mimbres Valley in New Mexico. This portrait became very special to me and others as it was featured at Susie's funeral just recently. There was little doubt in this pose, that my friend went to another place as my shutter was being depressed. They say that the ultimate portrait is the one that captures the essence of your subject and just not their likeness. I felt this was accomplished in this portrait. Have a wonderful journey to the land of your ancestors dear friend.