Strong & Proud Series - The Next Generation by Scott Denny

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My Strong & Proud Series continues from 2009 into 2010. This part of the series has been taken at the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin 38th Annual Pow Wow.

I am a proud member of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin and this year our pow wow was host to dancers from twenty six tribes throughout Indian Country.

Land, language, and our way of life all suffered loss as Europeans claimed the continent we know as North America as their own. Despite an organized effort of genocide, the Oneida Tribe and hundreds of other tribes have been able to work through such adversity.

Many years have passed since my forefathers had to contend with losing nearly all they had. One thing that could not be taken away was the drive to survive.

I never met my great grandfather but I am proud of his determination and driving spirit. His grandfather likely experienced life as all Indian tribes once knew it to be.

Much has changed over all those years and yet still Indians from tribes across this country still stand strong, proud, and determined to progress.

I hope you enjoy the additions to this series. I am very pleased to say that the Strong & Proud Series is amongst my most viewed work at all the web site I post.

Thank you all in advance for your support of my work.

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Scott is a self taught photographer that loves to share the moments in time he captures with his camera. Having a preference for wildlife and nature, Scott keeps his work diverse by photographing a variety of subjects.

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  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareeover 4 years ago

    WOW Scott this is wonderful… I love the colours and the feeling of movement… Fantastic capture

  • At first I was not sure how to handle this shot. In the upper left corner there was a white persons big bootie in short pants. The right hand side had a folding chair in it.

    That is probably the biggest challenge at a pow wow – you cant pick your background. I wanted so bad to get shots of this young fella once I saw him.

    I opted to give him a respectful amount of motion blur. Truthfully he was moving very fast. He is a very high energy dancer. Then again he is a youngster. :-)

    I am glad you enjoy this. I am very pleased with how it turned out.

    Thank you for your time and comment.

    – Scott Denny

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyover 4 years ago

    Nice work on this one

  • I was happy when I got shots of this kid and I am totally pleased with how the post processing turned out.

    Thank you.

    – Scott Denny

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnover 4 years ago

    gorgeous capture coupled with beautiful Truth … a lovely and inspiring post :o) wishing you laughter

  • Thank you for taking the time to view, comment, and fav my work. I hope you will have a chance to come back and check out some of my other postings.

    – Scott Denny

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    Scott, you take the best images in this category. I went to my first pow wow not too long ago and I flopped. I can feel your work and I adore it.

  • Lee-Anne, thank you very much for your kind words. There is a connectivity I experience when taking pow wow photos. Although I am in a different place with my spiritual beliefs, Oneida is who I am. The blood of my forefathers runs through my father, his father, and so on.

    I can see in your work you connect with your subjects. I am the same.

    For some the connection is spiritual. For me, I guess it is spiritual in a way. When I see a subject in my viewfinder I think of Gods involvement with such beauty.

    When I see an animal or nature I think of how God created such things and how his taste in beauty is unsurpassed. I also think of the pure genius and perfection in Creation.

    When I see people I see Gods greatest creation. I see a creation that God desires with all his heart that would seek to serve Him and accept the gift of Salvation so eternity can be spent with Him.

    When I see people in my viewfinder I pray they know God. I pray that maybe they can see God in me.

    When I see material things like buildings and such, I see the amazing gift God has given man, the ability of knowledge and wisdom. I also get a little sad and think if only such knowledge and wisdom was used more to connect with God and bring Him glory.

    No matter what the subject matter I really do feel like I connect to it. I like to hope and think it shows in my work. I can see you also connect with your subjects. It may be in a different fashion but I can see your passion in your work.

    Thank you for your loyalty to my work. You are appreciated.

    – Scott Denny

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    Well that was a compelling response and one I very much enjoyed. Thank you for sharing such a big part of your wonderful self.

    I don’t stop shivering when I hear the beating of native drumming and singing. When I went to the pow wow, I felt at home. I too look at things in much the same way you do, I was just unable to show the beauty I witnessed in the remarkable manner you do. The movement in this image is obvious and yet his face is still. He sports a very satisfied look, a contentment with his past, his present and his pride. I just love that you explored him with everything your camera had to offer you. It is an enveloping image. Have you considered a book?

  • I wear my life on my sleeve. Some say that is good, some say otherwise. I say being honest and transparent is something many aspects of what our world is missing.

    I really do appreciate such words of praise regarding this series and my work overall. I sense purity and honesty in your comments. I cant say I feel the same about all comments.

    In almost all the pow wow shots I have taken pictures of people that I do not have a model release with. That is why I do not have them for sale.

    A book? Maybe someday. I am not sure how God wants to use me with this talent his has provided. For now I shoot for personal satisfaction and to share with the people like you how i see the world we live in.

    Your comments are appreciated, thank you very much for your pure and honest feedback.

    – Scott Denny

  • J.K. York
    J.K. Yorkover 4 years ago

    this is a wonderful energetic capture Scott. Nat Geo quality in my opinion. beautiful color and emotion. the motion pushes this to the highest level of documentary photography. i live only a few miles from the Cherokee Nation here in North Carolina. i think i’ll have to go check out their Heritage Program they put on every summer. very well done my friend.

    Cheers, James

  • Wow…those are some strong words – Nat Geo. I do appreciate your comment and how it seems this piece and maybe some others have inspired you to seek out similar subject matter.

    Indian Country has much to offer regardless of how supressed it continues to be, even today. I dont want to get on a soapbox. I just see the US Government put more energy in recognizing other minorities and Indian Country, the indigenous people of this land, are conveniently forgotten.

    I hope you are able to attend and appreciate a pow wow or learn more about the Cherokee Nation.

    I have spent time in Kenya and talked to them about their tribes. It is totally different. The British invaded Kenya but in time the British went home. After the European invasion here the Europeans never went home.

    Truthfully there is bitterness in some of Indian Country. I am not bitter. I see the world differntly than some people. I do what I can to submit to Gods plan for this earth and the people that inhabit it.

    For me life here is a flash in the pan. As a human being my concern need not be with my life here on earth but my life after this one.

    Still, I pride myself in being Oneida and having forefathers that fought to keep this land in its purist form. Whats done is done. The indigenous people here are not the only people that have suffered from the greed and hunger for power of other human beings.

    Thank you for such kind words and comment. Maybe someday Nat Geo will call me…LOL!!! Time to wake up. :-)

    – Scott Denny

  • Sandy Keeton
    Sandy Keetonover 4 years ago

    Wow Scott, this is a beautiful capture and great post work. I love the look on his face!

  • Thank you very much. I have always appreciate the time you take to view and comment.

    – Scott Denny

  • joycee
    joyceeover 4 years ago

    This is a wonderful shot. I love it. Instant fave.

  • Thank you very much. I appreciate your comment and fav.

    – Scott Denny

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesover 4 years ago

    What a fantastic image! I love the sense of motion and the lovely smile of pride on his face

  • Thank you. I saw him dancing and was a little frantic to get him. He was in an open area yet there were other dancers near by. I wanted to get a shot by himself and it worked.

    – Scott Denny

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanover 4 years ago

    It all comes together. Color, movement and the expression on the child’s face. Wonderful piece.

  • Sometimes a nice shot is a result from a little luck. :-)

    Thank you.

    – Scott Denny

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