Luther King, 20, from Memphis, TN, fell in love with design at age 10 while drawing high-heeled shoes. "I'm not into fashion," King says, "I live a fashionable lifestyle. I want to give the world the most diverse label that glorifies my Savior." His diverse looks are a form of personal expression he feels bring praise to the God who created him "so uniquely."
“There is something so beautiful and mysterious about plants,” said Eva Ross, a 20-year-old WKU student from Taylor Mill, Ky. “I find them relatable to us; they tell us how we go through seasons of change, of life and death.” Ross studies horticulture at Western Kentucky University and spends a considerable amount of time with her hands in the soil. Her fingertips not only nurture young plant life, but a multitude of melodies from the strumming of guitar strings. Ross, an aspirant solo musician, plays a variety of venues - from living rooms to coffee shops – sharing the sounds she herself has concocted throughout her career as a songwriter.
An artist of many mediums, Finland native and Louisville, Ky., resident Marjaleena Pihlajamaki, 59, finds that most of her creativity comes from laying in bed. “The TV is on, the music is loud, the cat is laying right down there and my easel is right in front of me,” Pihlajamaki said. “I’m most creative when I’m most comfortable.” Since moving to the Derby City, her art forms have expanded to hat and jewelry creations, which she sells in a small Bardstown Road storefront.
London Chandler, sophomore theatre student from Louisville, Ky.,has invested a considerable amount of time and patience into the discovery of her own identity – a beautiful and complex progressive realization. “I feel that all the time was spent trying to put myself somewhere I didn’t belong,” Chandler explained. “Now I’m finally listening and allowing God to place me somewhere that’s for me. That somewhere is who I am – which holds great beauty.”
Erika Busse, artist and published illustrator.
Andrew DesRochers in Newport, Rhode Island.
"Outer space is expansive. No matter how much humanity learns about it we'll never know it in full." April English, science student at Western Kentucky University, draws inspiration in her studies and daily life from a fascination with space. "If you think about it, life on earth wouldn't be possible without a single star," English said. "It's interesting though, how you could go infinitely outward in space but you could also go infinitely inward to a person's mind. Not like literally, but you never really stop learning about yourself. Space can teach us that."
Patrick Forbes, 10, watches from the dugout as his teammates walk out on the eld to shake hands with their competitors after a game on May 4, 2016. As one of the youngest and smallest boys on the team, Patrick works hard to live up to his father’s expectations. His father, Lukas Forbes is an athletics enthusiast, and his love for sports has been a major drive in his life since childhood. Now, as a father, Lukas encourages his son Patrick, age 10, to strive for the same athletic excellence he once did. He coaches Patrick’s Little League team, the Marlins, and wants to see his child succeed.
An acclaimed author of magic spells and renowned psychic, Tish Owen is an expert in the unknown. After a long journey to understand her own spirituality, Owen studied the ancient magik arts and adopted a pagan faith, eventually leading her to open her own magik store, Goddess and the Moon. Now, 25 years later, Owen specializes in psychic readings and past life regression hypnosis, counseling both everyday curious minds and anonymous celebrities in her reading room. She is "in tune with herself and the universe," and expresses that energy in a way she feels betters the world community at large.
During his nightly visit to El Mercadito in Bowling Green, Ky, José Saldano, an undocument immigrant from El Salvador, greets a counter clerk. Nelson said the only times he leaves his home during a normal week are to buy food at the store, or to work.
Jake Nagy and Madison Powers, engaged May 2016.