I took this photo a couple of years ago at the Oklahoma City Red Earth Festival. I shot it both with digital color and black and white film. When I shot it I scanned it and used Photoshop to clip out the background, but for my 4x5x365 project I thought I would scan it in showing the entire frame. I believe this guy said he was a Sioux warrior from North Dakota. If you have never been to a Native American festival, you really should go. They are quite a visual treat. But don’t call their outfits “costumes”. They are not costumes. Not even close. Costumes connotates fake and these are anything but fake. These are clothes their ancestors wore and the people are trying to keep their customs and traditions alive. Use the words “clothing” or “regalia”. A much better term.
About James Pratt
I am an Oklahoma based writer, commercial photographer, editorial photographer and adventurer based in Oklahoma City. I love telling stories about people. A motorcycle is my preferred means of travel, and I have over 5,000 hours piloting small airplanes. My editorial photography has been published in hundreds of magazines and my commercial photography has been used by dozens of companies worldwide.