I don't think I have ever seen someone with such a collection of unique Virgin Mary statues. As a photographic story teller, I am always game for shooting with any type of prop that can add to the story line. When that prop has a story as spiritual and personal as a Virgin Mary statue, and that person has 8-10 of them, I can't wait to get started.
    
  
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  The  parish I come from, Evangeline, has similar beauty and challenges as Saint Landry, and a "woman" theme - Evangeline was Longfellow's heroine. It emerged as perfect for my work in the Prairies Des Femmes" A shlee Michot 2015     
  “I stopped teaching and I needed a creative outlet. I focused on the Mary and the Prairie Des Femmes. Around when I started conceptualizing the blog I knew it had to do with PLACE and MARY… I was driving down my road and started to notice multiple Mary grottos. There was a plural – “Femmes”. I always wanted to be a writer, I always wanted to photograph the Mary statues and now I had a reason. Being here, being alone in this stuff gave me deeper roots and this wasn’t just for me…”
Thomassee Road, Arnaudville, LA
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