Mark Rhoads lost his job as a journeyman stagehand when his eyesight degraded so much he couldn’t work. While he waits through the months-long process to get disability payments, he’s making ends meet by playing his hard-worn Sigma guitar on Denver’s 16th Street Mall. Taken with my Konica Auto S2 rangefinder camera, which I wrote about this weekend.
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.
Imperial Herco 620 snapshot toy camera
An antique-mall gem, which I used to kick off writing about the many cameras in my collection.
Unique faces anchor the ends of each detailed door arch on St. John’s Cathedral on 14th Avenue in Denver, Colo. Taken with 35mm Ilford Delta 400 in my Minolta SR-T200, 45mm lens at f/2.0.
Fresh flowers on a memorial marker in the churchyard of St. John’s Cathedral on 14th Avenue in Denver, Colo. Taken with 35mm Ilford Delta 400 in my Minolta SR-T200, 45mm lens at f/2.0.
These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs and captions are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.
This blog entry is from last year, but it’s enjoying a resurgence we thought we would share.
I -love- these images.