A life of panhandling on the streets of Denver is brutal, boring and soul-crushing.
Many of those who do it are long-time substance abusers, caught in a vicious cycle: You wouldn’t stand out there 12 hours a day unless you desperately needed heroin, and then only another dose of heroin would get you through another 12 hours.
Angel Gamboeck was one of those stuck in that terrible, seemingly endless circle, for much of the past two years in Denver. A young, once-promising girl from the Wisconsin heartland, she ended up here after a failed move West to seek a new life with her boyfriend.
This is scary stuff and hard to look at, but really amazing work and a frighteningly intimate look at heroin on the streets of Denver. Amazing photos by The Denver Post’s Joe Amon.
You can do really neat things with a $1-2 “Color Optical Lens” toy camera. I had heard that, even seen evidence, but doing it myself really showed me there’s no need to buy a Holga when you can do the same thing with $2 rolls of 35mm film and a thrift store camera. Check out these light leaks!
Medium-format photos from the Southwest
In April, I took a road trip through the Southwest with Katchabird and took along a bunch of cameras. I had a wonderful time and got some good frames, like this one looking back down at the entrance road in Colorado National Monument.
I used Kodak Portra 160 film in my Yashica-D TLR camera for these. I already loved the camera; these just made me love it more.
Another Fuji Provia slide film shot that really, REALLY came out spectacularly. It’s just seconds after sunset and I underexposed it about 2/3 stop. This is almost exactly as it came out of the camera (but less dusty); I didn’t mess with the color at all. Love, love, love this film.
Kodak Motormatic 35
Above left: Craig F. Walker, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Denver Post photographer; above right: A view of the Kodak Motormatic 35 camera.
TOTO played at Denver Day of Rock last night. It was pretty awesome.
This week on Putting a Roll Through: Eight images from my most recent camera acquisition, the Kodak Baby Brownie Special.
Another of my Bakelite Beauties, the Kodak Baby Brownie Special (photos and details on mine) is an upgrade from the standard Baby Brownie.