Necropocalypse!
inundated with the dead
reanimated

Don’t worry, I don’t only shoot pictures of people dressed in twisted costumes depicting gore, blood, and death. It only happens once a year. The best part about these events for me, is just the ability to get practice getting close to my subjects. I wish I was brave enough to get as close as this to normal everyday people

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Necropocalypse! Images from the 2013 Denver Zombie Crawl

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Denver Street Art | The Amsterdam Coffee Lounge

I came across this eye catching piece while walking along East Colfax. I regret that I didn’t go inside, but I just can’t drink coffee. If you are looking for something just off the beaten path this place seems like an interesting option. Organic coffee, home made whipped cream, and no television barking at you in the background. I didn’t go inside, but I can guarantee you that you will not feel like you are being Starbucked the minute you walk in the door.

http://theamsterdamdenver.com/

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Denver Street Art | The Amsterdam Coffee Lounge

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Doors

Rock Bottom City

a portrait of homelessness

human in distress

“Bleak, dark, and piercing cold, it was a night for the well-housed and fed to draw round the bright fire, and thank God they were at home; and for the homeless starving wretch to lay him down and die. Many hunger-worn outcasts close their eyes in our bare streets at such times, who, let their crimes have been what they may, can hardly open them in a more bitter world.”
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

I think of the homeless often, because I am surrounded by them on my daily wanderings throughout the streets of Denver. I have heard the argument that it would be wise to avoid photographing the homeless because you are somehow exploiting their plight for your own personal gain. I take this into consideration while I am out photographing in the streets, but I just cannot ignore the feeling I get when I come across a homeless person. I am overcome with the urge to photograph what I see as interesting, colorful, ordinary or out of the ordinary, the truth and reality. If I choose to ignore what I see as real, as something that is a problem, what kind of person would I be?

If all I ever shared were pictures of the beautiful people, the ones with the most interesting fashion sense, the ones that are juxtaposed in amusing ways, the ones who stand out in a crowd for whatever reason, that wouldn’t be reality either. I want to share my reality. I don’t want to leave out any of the gory details. For those that think I would take a picture of a homeless person for personal gain, you are right, I am looking to better myself as a person, contribute something to society by raising awareness, and feeling better about myself as a human being in the process. I don’t make one dime off any of my photography, and I am in fact deep in the hole financially because of it. I always tell the guys that carry signs on the corner, that they should probably be lending me some money. I am unemployed, I know for a fact those guys make more than me!

The best way to help: http://www.denversroadhome.org/

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Doors | On Homelessness

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