Wednesday night I drove west to a youth club near Turkey Run State Park. There were three hundred girls all between the ages of 4 and 14. I was introduced to what seemed to be ALL of them in the communal dining hall, where I set up on a stage platform and drew two girls as an example showing them what I do. The three shots above were taken from that platform before I started to draw. All the while they were cheering and chanting and surging around the platform. I started to have flashbacks to Mad Max and Thunderdome!
After those two drawings I was relocated to a smaller dining room where I was to draw the winners of contests from each cabin, bunk unit or something like that. Whittling 300 down to about 20. Very smart on the part of the ladies who booked me. Here are the photos I took.
About halfway through the process one of the girls said she’s rather I not take her photo for inclusion in this blog. After that I realized I was slowing myself down by shooting the photos so I stopped. The young man in the last photo was one of the staff’s son (one of only two boys in the camp!) and all during the booking he was going on and on about getting drawn even though he wasn’t a winner of the competitions, talking almost non-stop for two hours. As I was drawing the last young girl I challenged him to stay absolutely silent during that drawing. If he did it I would draw him. Surprisingly he did, so I did!