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The Open Air Asylum

Denver

Denver’s 16th Street Mall features an eclectic mix of well-to-do shoppers, posh boutiques and homeless men, women and children.

the 16th Street Mall
an open air asylum
for all walks of life

Someday I will leave Denver. Until that day I will keep my camera on my person whenever I walk about its streets. I have recorded the lives of thousands of strangers in this city over the past three years. I silently observed and I learned a lot. Now I am curious to know the stories of the people I capture with my lens. This is still my struggle. The challenge of breaking the ice with strangers and getting to know them on a deeper level. I didn’t imagine it would happen over night, and I didn’t think it would be this hard.

In my efforts I have found that it comes to you if you open yourself up to it. I have spent time talking to more people. Mostly the ones who approach me first, but I have made decent headway in opening up the conversation. I enjoy the anonymity and quiet self reflection of capturing images as inconspicuously as possible, but I find myself wanting to know more when I stare back into the eyes of the human beings I photograph.

I guess it’s a natural progression. I hope so at least. Thanks for listening. I just wanted to get that out.

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