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Everyday People

by Nate Billings Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm •  Published: January 4, 2013
From top left; Dacia Wallace, Tabitha Croslin, Tommy Keirsey, Marco Perez, James Holdman, Justin Morris, Alexandria Jovan Sliger, Kimberly Butler, and Rabbi Marc Fitzerman. Photographed for the Everyday People photo project. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World
From top left; Dacia Wallace, Tabitha Croslin, Tommy Keirsey, Marco Perez, James Holdman, Justin Morris, Alexandria Jovan Sliger, Kimberly Butler, and Rabbi Marc Fitzerman. Photographed for the Everyday People photo project. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World

 

John Clanton, former Oklahoman staffer and the driving force behind this blog for many years, has just finished a really cool project called “Everday People” at his gig with the Tulsa World.

 

Everyday in 2012, John photographed a portrait of a different person in his community. This is the type of thing I wish I had thought of doing or even had the commitment to attempt.

 

It’s well worth your time to check out the project.

 

If you’re in the Tulsa area, go by the Zarrow Center for Arts and Education in the Brady District and see this project in print at the gallery. It’ll be showing until Jan. 20.

 

Goldie Thompson, August 24, 2012. She came to Tulsa 16 years ago to attend the University of Tulsa. She's working as a Curriculum Technology Coach at Central High School. She spilts up her time between her children and sports. She supports the WNBA, TU athletics and she plays tennis. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World
Goldie Thompson, August 24, 2012. She came to Tulsa 16 years ago to attend the University of Tulsa. She's working as a Curriculum Technology Coach at Central High School. She spilts up her time between her children and sports. She supports the WNBA, TU athletics and she plays tennis. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World

 

Sacha Matheos, December 22, 2012. When she was a kid, she liked bees. "I thought they were my friends," she says. When she got stung the first time she remembers thinking "he must be a new bee. He doesn't know me." A couple of years ago her mother signed her up for beekeeping classes and she started learning how to care for bees in her backyard. She also keeps chickens and a rabbit. It all started with a small garden in the backyard and just keeps growing.  JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World
Sacha Matheos, December 22, 2012. When she was a kid, she liked bees. "I thought they were my friends," she says. When she got stung the first time she remembers thinking "he must be a new bee. He doesn't know me." A couple of years ago her mother signed her up for beekeeping classes and she started learning how to care for bees in her backyard. She also keeps chickens and a rabbit. It all started with a small garden in the backyard and just keeps growing. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World

 

Sheryl Siddiqui, November 28, 2012. She's an activist in Tulsa, "trying to find a way to get community-minded residents working together for the community," she says. "Get people to take down barriers so we can work together." JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World
Sheryl Siddiqui, November 28, 2012. She's an activist in Tulsa, "trying to find a way to get community-minded residents working together for the community," she says. "Get people to take down barriers so we can work together." JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World

 

Charlie Hunter, October 17, 2012. A retired truck driver, he says he roasts and sells peanuts from his home in Locust Grove. He says it keeps him active. "If I quit and do nothing, I won't live long." JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World
Charlie Hunter, October 17, 2012. A retired truck driver, he says he roasts and sells peanuts from his home in Locust Grove. He says it keeps him active. "If I quit and do nothing, I won't live long." JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World

 

From top left; Jose Maldonado, Jacque Martin, Ashton Hall, Samantha Kreymborg, Erin Herrmann, Terry Miller, Ronnie Hernandez, Sara De La Hoya/Garrett Haskins, and Craig Clark. Photographed for the Everyday People photo project. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World
From top left; Jose Maldonado, Jacque Martin, Ashton Hall, Samantha Kreymborg, Erin Herrmann, Terry Miller, Ronnie Hernandez, Sara De La Hoya/Garrett Haskins, and Craig Clark. Photographed for the Everyday People photo project. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World

 

-Nate Billings

 

 

 

by Nate Billings
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Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did...
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