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I call my photos "15 second photos" because I like to see if I can capture a decent photo with little to no advance notice. It keeps my senses ho… Read More
I call my photos "15 second photos" because I like to see if I can capture a decent photo with little to no advance notice. It keeps my senses honed to try to be ready for an opportunity to capture a quick moment in a person's life. Many, many thanks to those people who took those 15 seconds and allowed me to create a wonderful historical document. Read Less
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Courtney Force poses for a 15 second photo at the John Force Racing open house in 2011. Brownsburg, Indiana.  Copyright 2011 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Pottery wheeler and dealer, Tama Smith, resides in the small North Dakota town of Beach. Her tiny shop does a booming business, providing beautiful, handcrafted wares to people throughout the country (and overseas a bit, as well, I believe). Ms. Smith takes a moment (15 seconds?) to pose for a 15 second photo.  Copyright 2011 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.prairiefirepottery.com/
John Timmons, the owner of the iconic music store, Ear X-tacy, poses for a 15 second photo in front of an old sign from a previous store location. Sadly, the reason Mr. Timmons was in the store, this day, was to sell off the remaining inventory and shut down, permanently. Copyright 2011 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved

Tori Murden McClure is known for being the first woman to cross the Atlantic ocean in a rowboat. Mrs. McClure posed for a quick 15 second photo at her presentation at Franklin College in 2011. Copyright 2011 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

Behind the scenes with Katie Stam, 2009 Miss America. Miss Stam is preparing for an appearance in Greenwood, Indiana (her home state). Here, she takes 15 seconds out of her busy schedule to pose for a photo. Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

Concert harpist Jan Aldridge Clark performs for a fortunate crowd at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. Technically, this isn't a 15 second photo, but I think it is a peaceful representation of the artist. Copyright 2006 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
In this 15 second photo, Antoinette Sharfin shows off one of her "Crazy Susans", which is a lazy susan hand painted with a particular theme requested by the buyer. Today, Ms. Sharfin works with pottery on the Big Island of Hawaii. Copyright 2008 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

The founder of Precious Moments, Sam Butcher, poses for a 15 second photograph at a gift shop at the Precious Moments Park and Chapel in Carthage Missouri. Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

Nina Saihi of Mc Gold TV poses for a quick 15 second photograph while covering the 2009 Miss Lilac Pageant Winner on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

Uber-legend Leon Redbone takes 15 seconds after his very, very good performance to pose for my camera. This is one of my personal favorites, even though the quality is not that good. Leon Redbone is very cool. Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved. 

Her name is Nadzeya (pronounced Nahd-zha) and she is from Belarus. She was working a summer in Mackinaw City, Michigan as part of an exchange program. She was strolling home after work, and I guess she had 15 seconds to waste. Click. Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Hollywood actor, Joe Pantoliano, was strolling around the 2009 Atlanta Blade show. He had to interrupt knife shopping to attend to a very important 15 seconds. Thanks, Joey Pants. Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
The band has since broken up, but this 15 seconds was pretty fun. The guys rocked the Bike Week crowd at Boot Hill Saloon in Daytona Beach, Florida. This wasn't exactly a 15 second photo session since the band manager let me stage crawl during the set. That was a very cool privilege to stand on stage while these guys ripped it up. Very friendly band. They even signed my t-shirt. Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Senator Bob Dole made famous in his Saturday Night Live sketches, poses very quickly, perhaps a 1 second photo, after a speaking engagement at a Republican Rally in Raleigh, North Carolina. The good Senator was kind enough to sign a copy of this photo. Copyright 2008 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

Former Chicago Fire soccer player, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, takes 15 seconds away from an advertisement shoot to pose for this photo. The shoot was at Millenium Park, right near the Cloud Gate sculpture. This was a lucky shot because I barely noticed a crowd had quickly gathered and I was curious about that behavior. Copyright 2008 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

When it absolutely, positively must be there overnight, ship CowEx. Your package has experienced a 15 second delay, however. Cowgirl Express riding team. Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade. Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

This is one of my favorite photos. This guy was a beach bum on the big island, Hawaii. I was walking along the beach in Kona when I was approached and asked for a nickel to feed his dog. I challenged him on the prospect of feeding a dog with a nickel worth of anything. Instead, I negotiated to hire him as a model. $2 for 15 seconds for him and his dog to be a photo subject. They were naturals at the gig! Copyright 2008 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
You simply don't see people dress like this, anymore. Nan Bostick, one of the few blood relatives in Ragtime royalty, gives 15 seconds of her time so I could capture a photo. Ms. Bostick gave a really interesting speech on Ragtime history at the Indianapolis Historical Society Ragtime Festival in 2007. Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

Jared Fogle (The Subway Guy) was attending a charity event at Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians. In a stunning display of lack of subject awareness, I let an arm grow out of his ear. Sometimes, 15 seconds is not enough time. Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
I was attending the grand opening of Geek Squad City, the mothership service center for Best Buy's Geek Squad computer support service. The event was huge, involving hundreds of geeks, a dozen VW Beetles, and a helicopter with stuntmen, dressed in Geek Squad uniforms, rappelling down from a Geek Squad helicopter. It was very surreal. The spokesperson for Geek Squad is the tech-nerdy(?) Fabio Lanzoni. Here, Fabio poses with my tailgunner (keeps my gear from being stolen, recognizes photo ops), Patti. I have to say that I expected Fabio to be kind of an uptight individual, but he turns out to be a very cool dude who is very funny. He even signed my media pass.

Copyright 2006 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

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Master knifemaker (martial artist, wilderness guide, Star Trek Armorer, etc.), Gil Hibben poses for a 15 second photo with his colossal 50th Anniversary Southern Bowie. Mr. Hibben celebrated 50 years of knifemaking with this $3000 artifact and a corresponding Blade Magazine article. Some of Gil Hibben's more famous knives include the Rambo III and Rambo (2008) knives and knives made for The Expendables. Copyright 2006 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
http://www.hibbenknives.com/
I was with a party, awaiting a table at The Beachhouse Waterfront Restaurant. We were all out on the beach waiting for the sunset, when a wedding party began to assemble. Everyone was waiting for the bride. I set up a 15 second opportunity and things fell into place pretty nicely. I hope things are well with the couple... whoever and wherever they are. Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://beachhouse.groupersandwich.com/
I was visiting the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. I strolled into the Lindt Chocolates store and stumbled on Master Chocolatier Ann Czaja. What are the odds? After this 15 second photo, I walked away with a great photograph and a signed copy of the book Lindt Chocolate Passion. Copyright 2008 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.lindtusa.com/info-exec/display/czaja
With a name on par with Indiana Jones, archaeologist and professor Larry League, poses in front of a T-Rex skull. Professor League is curator of the Dakota Dinosaur Museum, a private project showcasing years of archaeological findings throughout the western plains. It's a very nice place to visit. If there, be sure to ask about his wife, Alice, and her beautiful handmade jewelry. Copyright 2008 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.dakotadino.com/
Now, this is really something. 20 miles of lonely, yet gorgeous, North Dakota highway, from Gladstone to Regent, is adorned with giant metal sculptures every couple miles. The artist, Gary Greff, was awarded a certificate by Guinness Book of World Records for the largest scrap metal sculpture, named Geese in Flight. Seeing the sculpture is quite an experience. It is massive. Here, Mr. Greff poses for a 15 second photo at his gift shop in Regent. Copyright 2008 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
http://enchantedhighway.net/
I was visiting the recently opened Weber Grill in Indianapolis. I was trying to line up just the right shot for the bar area, when I noticed a little too much attention be paid to my camera. I didn't even have to say anything, this woman just dropped this pose from her booth. Most people do not naturally take this pose, so I figure she must have done some modeling at some point. I don't even think any dialog was exchanged, here. Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Sergeant Major David Carden, Retired Army, Retired Best Buy appliance sales, and author of The Army Insider. I was one of a number of people encouraging Dave to write this book. I said that, if published, I would drive the 1000 miles to personally buy signed copies for friends and family. He did, so I did. It was a real privilege to shake hands with the Sgt Major. The book is very good, too. Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Japanese Poet Laureate Kae Morii poses for a 15 second photo while attending a poetry reading in Columbus, Indiana. Though she didn't speak English very well, I seemed to get along with her just fine. We had a nice time chatting when she toured a local public garden. Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.poemhunter.com/kae-morii/
My longtime friend Brian and I were just hanging out on the set of The Dark Knight, in Chicago. I thought I would shoot him with Bruce Wayne's Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. That was a pretty enjoyable day. 
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
2007 Miss Blueberry Festival pageant winner, Bethany Clemons, poses for a 15 second photo. When I asked to take the photo, she asked "why would you want to do that?". I explained that pageant contestants tend to draw attention. Though, I admit, I was not prepared for that question, under these circumstances. Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Ashli, an Indianapolis Colts cheerleader, poses for a 15 second photo while representing the Colts at the grand opening of the new Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana. 
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Cutting Champion Shawn Scott cuts away for 15 seconds to pose for this photograph. Mr. Scott was the king of the competitors who, in a nutshell, have to use a handcrafted knife, 15 inches long, to slice and dice through things like golfballs, water jugs, thick, free-hanging ropes, broom handles, and two by four lumber. After all that, the knife cannot have chipped, bent, or broken the handle. Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyKr2elK3eQ (shows Shawn in action)
Absoutely gorgeous! Darunee Fasano holds a beautiful orchid in this 15 second photo. These orchids are not real. Ms. Fasano makes these plants out of a handmade recipe of modeling clay. I was strolling down the street in Kona, Hawaii, when I saw a shop with several of these displayed in the window. Also in the window was signs saying "No Photography". But, how could I not take a photograph of such beauty? Impossible. So, I walked in and asked if she would pose with one of her creations. She was very kind to agree. I sent back a copy of this photo, which she seemed to appreciate much. It was a very good experience. Copyright 2008 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.ccwhisper.com/
For 15 seconds, the tables turn on WSAV Savannah reporter Kaitlynn Pratt. Ms. Pratt was down by the riverside covering a Nickelodeon Television Network event where adults poured slime all over little kids' heads. 
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Harpguitar shredder, Eric Loy, poses in this 15 second photo with one of his stringed behemoths. You count 14 strings, here, but you don't see the two other string banks lower on the guitar body. You bet that he uses every one of them. It's great fun to watch and quite pleasant to hear. Mr. Loy was putting on a live show at the beautiful 2nd Street Public Market. If you get his CD, Wackazoid, you will see some of my other Eric Loy photos in the CD sleeve.
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
 
Tad Robinson, an incredibly entertaining blues singer, put on a very classy show at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. After the show, I asked Mr. Robinson for 15 seconds of his time, to pose for a photo. He said "I'll do my thing and you do yours" and he cut into a harmonica jam. He liked the photo enough that he asked for a copy (and signed one for me). Very cool guy!Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://tadrobinson.com/
During the 2008 floods in Johnson County, Indiana, the Indiana National Guard was dispatched to Franklin and assembled in a Wal*Mart parking lot. I was traveling by mountain bike as there was no way around by car. I pedaled through the Wal*mart parking lot, stopping for 15 seconds to take this photo. Kindest regards and many thanks to the women of the Indiana National Guard. I call this photo "Smile Patrol".
Copyright 2008 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Behind the scenes with Indiana Senator Richard Lugar. The Senator gave a speech at Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana. Senator Lugar was preparing a closed door meeting, giving students the opportunity to interview him.Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.dicklugar.com/landingpages/keystone-xl-video/
The Copenhagen Girls at Daytona Beach. For some reason, I was not allowed to take this photo outside of the event tent. I thought that a bit strange, considering the stuff that was going on outside the event tent. Regardless, I got my photo. They did a pretty good job... not good enough, though, as I am still, as always, tobacco-free. 
Copyright  2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Duke Tumatoe makes a little trouble and a lot of music on stage at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. A lot of people in Indianapolis know Duke Tumatoe from his presence on Indianapolis 94.7 FM radio program The Bob & Tom Show. Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
http://duketumatoe.com/
An unknown participant at the United Tribes International Powwow. The event is held in Bismarck, North Dakota and it is really quite an amazing gathering. I enjoyed the performance of this young man. He was very well adorned and was very enthusiastic about his role. Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.unitedtribespowwow.com/
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Best band ever in the whole wide world, One Side Later, poses for a 15 second photograph. Left to right, Bryce "facemelter" Robertson, Stuart Cotton, and singer/bass player Jon McKinney. These guys are super friendly, and really, really good. Their current project is Tonal Caravan. If you are in the Muncie, Indiana area, look them up. You won't regret it.Copyright 2006 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.tonalcaravan.com
One of the most media-friendly artists I have ever met. Hank III allows his fans to bring video cameras to his shows, even permitting tripods. That is probably the coolest thing, ever. For this show, I got a great spot tucked away behind an amp rack where I didn't get demolished by their disproportionately loud music. I also didn't get crushed in the pit. 
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Joe Buck, the bass component of Hank III and the Damn Band, never really deviates from his menacing look throughout the entire show. He was kind enough to sign a copy of this photo for me, stating "[expletive], I'm Ugly!"
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Artist, Robin Walker, has been hanging around the Indianapolis area for a while trying to put together a gig where he can attempt a world record number of caricature portraits in a given amount of time. Mr. Walker has a huge collection of newspaper clippings of his art, and he is pretty good at what he does. Yet, the world record has eluded him for some time. 
Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
I doubt I will find people more enthusiastic about posing for the camera than the Persian dancers who were warming up for their performance in the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade. I bet I could have stayed there half the day and they would have tirelessly posed for the camera. Relentless self-promoters. 
Copyright 2008 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Superfan! Michael Hopson is well know in Indianapolis as being the most well-adorned fan of any sport in any season. Today, he is showing his support for the Indianapolis Colts during the grand opening of the new Lucas Oil Stadium.
Copyright 2008 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
The Buttons performed at The Bread Ladies cafe in Knightstown, Indiana. I have always wondered about thus guy's choice of symbolism. I was afraid to ask, though, as some people get pretty passionate about things. 
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Practitioner of ancient sword arts, James Williams, signs a piece of green bamboo for me to take as a souvenir. Mr. Williams was demonstrating his Raptor series of swords.
Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://namiryu.com/
Retired Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy was giving a speech based on his book, Uncommon, at an event on the west side of Indianapolis. I think this ended up being a pretty good portrait shot of Coach Dungy. 
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The only photo of its type. Tom Scheele, project manager for Shiel Sexton and Powers, finishes up post-implosion interviews immediately following a series of blasts used to demolish the Hoosier Dome (RCA Dome). Mr. Scheele posed for a 15 second photo with the mammoth pile of concrete rubble that used to be an integral part of the Indianapolis cityscape. 
Copyright 2008 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

This video shows my vantage point while shooting.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCjt-D-u3qo

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Motorcycle drag racing legend, Peggy Llewellyn, poses for a 15 second photo while standing next to her 2-wheeled rocket. 2007 Mac Tools US Nationals, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.peggyllewellyn.com/
I find it a bit amusing that there would be promotional merchandise for a place so out of the way that only locals could possibly know about it. That being said, if you do find yourself in Fingal, North Dakota, stop into the Roadhouse and say hi to Brad the Bartender. He's got a few tales about the area.
Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved. 
Politicians and babies. I love a good cliche. Here, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels coddles a tiny constituent just before participating in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Lucas Oil Stadium. 
Copyright 2005 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Mackinaw City, Michigan is a hotspot for foreign exchange students. I don't remember where Marta came over from, but while in the US, she was a clerk at the apothecary inside the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. It was interesting to chat up the visitors who were working here in the US. Many of them had been to quite a few other cities. Overall, I think they had a favorable impression.
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Byron Pitts is a chief correspondent for CBS Evening News and a contributor to the news program 60 Minutes. Mr. Pitts was at Franklin College giving a lecture about overcoming illiteracy and achieving his dreams. Mr. Pitts is also the auther of the book Step Out On Nothing, where he speaks, inspirationally, about reaching for one's goals.
Copyright 2010 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Controversial, creepy, and very cool. The paintings of Don Swartzentruber are surreal and strange. Some of Mr. Swartzentruber's Amish imagery might make one uncomfortable, but his motivations are quite straightforward. Should I ever be in a position to buy up some art, I am going straight to a Swartzentruber gallery. Here, Mr. Swartzentruber poses for a 15 second photo at the Spurious Fugitive, an art gallery in South Bend, Indiana. 

http://www.swartzentruber.com/
Officer Christofilakes helps keep the peace at WTC Ground Zero during the 5th anniversary of the World Trade Center attack. 
Copyright 2006 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
I don't know why this grave touched me so. I had stopped by this tiny roadside cemetery in the middle of nowhere, North Dakota, when I formed this scene in my mind. I laid down on the ground and snapped the shot. Then, I just lay there looking at the lonely grave and listened as the gentle prairie wind whispered through the surrounding trees. There was no sound of cars or trains or planes, just a sound as I imagined it over a century ago when baby Albin was born.
Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

Javier Leyva, a Cuban national, was touring the US with author Ben Corbett. One of their stops was Franklin College, where Mr. Leyva displayed a gorgeous slide show of Cuban daily life. His photographs showed struggle and strife, but also showed how people live and overcome those obstacles. This is still one of my all-time favorite lectures. 
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Muncie Magician, Wayne Hinkel put on a very good show at the Key Palace Theater in Redkey, Indiana. Mr. Hinkel's show involves quite a bit of audience participation and he is very good about fooling the eye, even up close. I found the show thoroughly entertaining, as good as anything I have seen anywhere. Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.wayneandhismagic.com/

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I know him best for his Bluegrass music. I have been to several of his shows and he is very pleasant to listen to. Greg Ziesemer lives and plays in the beautiful riverside town of Madison, Indiana. I had the opportunity to first hear his music when he played at the Indianapolis Artsgarden Acoustic Fest in 2006. Since then, I have seen him live several times and have several albums. Very good listening.Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.gregzmusic.com/
You can tell by the twinkle in her eye that she enjoys her job selling medieval weapons and armor. I didn't get her name since 15 seconds doesn't always allow for a lot of chit chat. I'm not sure, but she may not even have spoken any English. I think she simply communicated in the international sign for "posing for photo".  The shop is Enchanted Knights and it is in Mackinaw City, Michigan.
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
It's good to be the King!  King Phillippe, his Majesty of Medieval Times in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, poses for a quick 15 second photo before setting forth to the tournament. 
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Tom Every, also known as Dr. Evermor, poses for a 15 second photo at his workshop, which is buried deep within a park containing hundreds of scrap metal sculptures. The Pièce de résistance is the Forevertron, a house-sized, steampunk creation with a crazy story to go with it. I walked around Dr. Evermor's park for hours marveling at the amount of work he has done over the years.
Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved. 
Eleanor Every, the trusted companion of Dr. Evermor, keeps an area near the enigmatic Forevertron as an art studio. She works in a lot more vivid color than the good Doctor, including the vivid color of her amazing stories. If you ever visit the Forevertron, it is essential that you speak with Mrs. Every. Her tales of the park will blow your mind. Her life is like an episode of the Twilight Zone. Just when your mind refuses to believe any more, she pulls out her scrapbooks and leaves you speechless. I spoke with her for a long time. This was no 15 second photo.
Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Paradigm Jazz Band broke out the funk at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. I remember this show being a particularly good one with the young kids in the audience. These guys did a great job. I don't see a website for them, though. I hope the band is still performing.
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
When I was doing a photographic tour of North Dakota, one of my subjects was the Perimeter Acquisition Radar site and Cavalier Air Force base near the town of Cavalier. I was challenged at the gate by security officer Charity Rintala, who was extremely professional in her demeanor and very well informed about the rules of photographing the PAR site. I remember a particularly foreboding warning, though... "Stay on the road do not climb over the fence.
Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved

http://www.peterson.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=4710
American football punter, Hunter Smith, poses for a 15 second photo before a musical performance with his Christian band Connersvine, in Indianpolis, Indiana. Hunter Smith has played for the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins.
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http://www.myspace.com/connersvine
If you want what may be one of the bast burgers in the northern hemisphere, you will have to go well out of your way to a nearly abandoned town in North Dakota. Balta is just 10 miles directly south of the geographical center of North America. I was touring the state when I stumbled on the town. Kris (pictured) and her husband had just retired and moved from the big city to run their new bar. They hadn't quite opened Balta Bar and Grill for business, but she said the grill had just been fixed and cleaned and we were welcome to have lunch. Sounded good to me. When I asked to take this photo, Kris said OK, but Walter the Farting Dog had to be in the picture. OK.
Shayna was part of a two-person promotional team for Triumph Motorcycles, at Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida. Yeah the Triumph bikes are pretty nice, but I didn't buy one. Instead, I convinced these young ladies to sign my Harley do-rag, which is a much better endorsement. I think they got busted for doing that, too. I sorta felt bad about that.  
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

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Aspen was part of a two-person promotional team for Triumph Motorcycles, at Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida. Yeah the Triumph bikes are pretty nice, but I didn't buy one. Instead, I convinced these young ladies to sign my Harley do-rag, which is a much better endorsement. I think they got busted for doing that, too. I sorta felt bad about that.
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
I don't know how much this guy was getting paid, but it surely had to be sufficient considering the coolness of the job. He just went over by the lake, set up a few kites to fly in the wind, and then plopped down and started singing away. Super friendly guy. Why not... he's living the dream!
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Dick Wolfsie is a popular face on WISH-TV's Daybreak. Mr. Wolfsie is very much a part of Indiana, having spent a lot of time being involved in so many Hoosier activities. He is an author of several books, one of which he is holding here. Mr. Wolfsie invited me over to the television station so he could sign a few of these books for several of my friends and family. It was a privilege to meet him.
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://wolfsie.com
I think I ran into Amanda Heimbuch on the second of five attempts to photograph North Dakota potter, Tama Smith. I was a bit disappointed that Ms. Smith was unavailable, but that went away pretty quickly after a few minutes speaking with Ms. Heimbuch. Amanda was very welcoming, offering to give me and my crew a tour of the pottery workshop and kilns that make up the production side of Prairie Fire Pottery. Many thanks to Amanda for the tour and for posing for this photograph, in which she holds some of her pottery.
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.dcaugallery.org/heimbuch.html
Every now and then, you get to meet a person who has put everything into his or her craft. Paul Asaro is a magnificent Ragtime pianist with a list of accomplishments a mile long. On this evening, Mr. Asaro was performing with the legendary Leon Redbone, making a critical mass of legendarity.
Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.paulasaro.com/
I believe I had just gotten finished shooting a group of people demolishing a truck by making it hop in the air under pneumatic power. I was taking a few photos of vehicles at the German Park Car Show when this woman walked up and insisted that I snap a few photos of her sitting on her husband's motorcycle. Ok, sure. Her husband walks up and we all chatted a bit about the bike and a few of the cars. Then, she hands me a business card and invites me to the strip club where she works. No, but thanks anyway. Life can be very strange, sometimes. 
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Sunny, warm Florida. It's bike week and I'm on stage with Gypsy Child. I do not think the band is active, anymore, which is too bad. I can't even find their web presence. This band rocked the main drag going through Daytona Beach. The lead singer (woman on the left) did an amazing Janis Joplin. Lots of classic rock. I enjoyed the show a great deal.
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
This is an absolutely beautiful book about the history of cars in Indiana. The content is rich and there is plenty of it. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to visit Dennis Horvath, and I am certainly glad I did. I picked up a couple signed copies for good friends of mine. They were thrilled!
Copyright 2011 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.
Driver Matt Scranton, in his TiAL sponsored Pro Stock drag car, gives me the thumbs up after pulling into the staging lane for the next race. 2007 Mac Tools US Nationals, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.autoevolution.com/sport/pro-stock/drivers/matt-scranton.html
Indiana author, Frieda Dowler, stops by a Franklin bookstore to sign copies of her book, The New World: Kingdom of Heaven. The book addresses an unsolvable problem with the consequences of world destruction. Ms. Dowler, on the other hand, was much less intimidating a subject. It was a pleasure to have spoken with her.
Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-60696-265-7
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I was strolling around the Indianapolis Irish Festival when these guys were just about to take the stage. I thought I'd sneak in a shot before the show. Bands are amongst my favorite people to photograph, as they are generally very friendly and like to show off.
Copyright 2007 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.thefenians.com/about.html
Bill Dallas is the CEO of Church Communication Network and author of the book Lessons From San Quentin. Mr. Dallas started out a high-flying real estate investor but, like the legend of Icarus, he flew too high and the heat was too much. Bill Dallas experienced a spiritual crash to Earth that landed him a couple years imprisonment in San Quentin prison. He was transformed to Christianity while within the prison walls. This photo was taken at Trader's Point Christian Church in Indianapolis at the Dare to be Uncommon event.
Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.lessonsfromsanquentin.com/
Hair stylist by day, poet and spoken word artist by night, and superhero from 1:00 AM to 3:45 AM, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He deserves more commas per sentence, but I just don't have more to give. Matt Jackson was touring Indiana with the Reservoir Dogwoods, the poetry version of a street gang.
Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://matthewdjackson.net/
Some of the most beautiful folding knives I have seen in my life are the handiwork of David Yellowhorse. I remember that the first David Yellowhorse Buck folder I ever saw was showcased at Bass Pro Shops in southern Indiana. It was a gorgeous white turquoise knife, which stood out far above anything else in the display. Mr. Yellowhorse was attending the 2009 Atlanta Blade Show.
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http://www.yellowhorseltd.com/home.html
I was on Mackinac Island attending the coronation of Michigan's Lilac Queen and I got a 15 second opportunity to photograph the 2009 Miss America contestant for the state of Michigan, Nicole Blaszczyk. Pageant participants rate very high on my list of articulate conversationalists, so this turned out to be a pretty good day.
Copyright 2009 Keith Syvinski. All rights reserved.

http://www.examiner.com/pageant-in-national/miss-michigan-2009-nicole-blaszczyk 
I know some people will call me crazy or stupid (except for these young ladies), but... here goes. I'm going to have to say that these women rate almost as high as US Marines in the discipline they require to do their jobs. It was a very warm day, and the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids were standing in the hot sun with their 50 lb. antebellum dresses. Their reward for their patience was to march in formation for a couple miles. OK, that's nothing like the Marines, but it's more intense than you would expect from someone dressed like this.
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http://www.mobileazaleatrail.com/
There is no way I am going to be able to explain the performance of Scottish McMillan. It was very different from what I have heard and it was not what I expected. That being said, I enjoyed the show very much. Mr. McMillan was performing at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.
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http://www.scottishmcmillan.com/
I was just walking around downtown Indianapolis when I stumbled on this gentleman who was accepting donations from passersby. I figured we could cut a deal, so I hired him as a photographic model. 15 seconds in exchange for lunch. I think we both got a fair deal.

Just for the record, homeless people can be very pleasant to speak with, so don't be afraid to take an extra minute to say hi. Often, you can walk away with more than you had beforehand.

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Paul Kelly, a.k.a. Emmett Kelly Jr. II, is the third generation of actors to portray the world famous hob clown, Weary Willie. Mr. Kelly was tucked away in a corner of his shop in Frankenmuth, Michigan, where he was working on a party set of Weary Willie wine goblets. I spoke with Paul Kelly for a good 45 minutes where he told me a couple of the most heartbreaking stories about his ministry with dying children. Ugh. I was numb, afterward, but thankful there exists people who are strong enough to bear that burden with grieving parents.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmett_Kelly
Kristy Starling is a contemporary Christian recording artist. She performed at the Dare to be Uncommon event at Trader's Point Christian Church in Indianapolis. Ms. Starling was super friendly and, obviously, generous enough to give up 15 seconds of her time for my photograph.
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http://www.myspace.com/kristystarling

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Rhonda Rieseberg and Owner Tony Moravec stand in front of one of many antique soapstone fountains at Zaharakos, a century-old soda fountain perfectly restored to its 1900's grandeur. Zaharakos is a beautiful diner with the most amazing soda counter I have seen in my lifetime. I recommend going in for a shake or a soda if you are ever near Columbus, Indiana. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the giant Welte orchestrion. It's a blast! The back room is a museum with old soda fountain equipment and a tiny general store. Have fun!
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http://www.zaharakos.com/
It seems like forever since I saw these guys perform. The Spud Puppies played to a crowd at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. They put on a great live show. I guess you would label them a bluegrass band, but they can play any number of fun tunes. On the left is Greg Ziesemer, who I have photographed as a solo performer. I think that these guys would perform phenomenally at a big wedding. I recommend listening.
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http://www.myspace.com/thespudpuppies
Flor Aguilera Garcia is a Mexican Poet Laureate and author of several books. Ms. Garcia traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to present a couple of her poems and to represent her home country. Here, she takes 15 seconds out of her busy schedule to pose for the camera after reading to a full room at the Indianapolis Historical Society.
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Sabrina Sigal Falls is a harpist who plays as therapy for the sick and dying. She has an incredible talent and her demeanor is as gentle as her soothing music. I recommend her music as meditative therapy to wash away the stresses of the day. Cover art on her album On Eagle's Wings is from this photo shoot at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.
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http://www.sabrinafalls.com/ 
Two buskers and some guy the musicians didn't know. He just walked over and plopped down beside them, I understand. It was pretty cool seeing these young dudes sitting on the sidewalk on a nice, sunny day just having a good time. 
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Paul Holdman has been in Indianapolis for a couple decades. In that time he has become know as a beacon of audio light, having played with some major league hitters in the blues community. Pinetop Perkins. That's all that needs to be said. Mr. Holdman was at the Indianapolis Artsgarden performing with Tad Robinson and his band. I have to say, Paul was the perfect guitar for Tad Robinson's big blues performance. Paul cuts loose with the most amazing sound. I doubt it matters how you see Paul Holdman, but if you get the chance, definietly see Paul Holdman.
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http://www.paulholdman.com/
The only woman to win in both Top Fuel and Funny Car, Melanie Troxel has been burning the hottest of the hot fuels for 20 years. Ms. Troxel was right out front spending time with her fans, which worked out pretty well for me.
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http://www.melanietroxel.com/HOME.html
You can't go wrong with the RUN-DMC shirt. Jason Ammerman is one of the Reservoir Dogwoods crew, delivering the spoken word to any willing, or unwilling, listener. I mean, c'mon, doesn't that face just scream "excuse me, sir, I would like you to hear this poem".
If you get a chance to see him live, do it.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDyA4TQm8mQ
I started this gallery with Force, and I'll end it with Force. Ashley Force. Voted the "Hottest Athlete" is a 2007 AOL poll, Ms. Force headed to the top of popularity in the sport of drag racing. It does not handicap her status at all that she is the daughter of drag racing super-legend John Force. Her popularity was evident by the fact that her pit area was easily the most fan-crowded in the entire park. Fortunately, I squeaked in my necessary 15 seconds and then got out of that mob scene. 
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15 Second Photos - 100 Impromptu People Photographs
Credits
Crissy S - For her patience in traveling to many of these places
Patti M - For tailgunning some of the big events
Paul S - For providing event information and encouragement
Phil M - For the deep, philosophical discussions which improved my technique
Brian S - Liason and tailgunner for North Dakota events.