My Code

My Code

MY code of street photography:  If you grace me with your image and need bus fare or a sandwich... I will rejoice in giving back to you.  It's MY code, as many feel by helping subjects you somehow "dirty" the art and encourage begging.  

Kenny; Miami

Kenny; Miami

Two Bottles of Water

Kenny told me, "On the streets you need a Guardian Angel and Michael Jackson is mine."  

Bus Stop; Miami

Bus Stop; Miami

If you really want to know life on the streets, get close up and discover something wonderful.  Put away your telephoto lens.  

Young Man Named Coon; Santa Fe, New Mexico

Young Man Named Coon; Santa Fe, New Mexico

After 40 years of working with people on the street, I can’t deny the adverse role that drugs and alcohol play in many people’s stories. Add in bad parenting, abuse, mental illness and lack of comprehensive healthcare and you may have the necessary puzzle pieces to reduce suffering. “Simple NOT Easy”… but the thought does set me afoot.

Forrest; San Francisco

Forrest; San Francisco

5 Dollars for a "Tips and Toes" Care Kit.  

NYC Streets

NYC Streets

What's it like being homeless on the Streets of New York City?  Robert told me, "There's always a bright side."  

Streets of Miami Beach

Streets of Miami Beach

I like wandering the streets cause at heart... I'm a Street Rat.  

Learning About Elvis

Learning About Elvis

I was told about Elvis Rule #1:  We DON"T call them Elvis Impersonators... We DO call them Elvis Tribute Artists.  

Melody; Hollywood

Melody; Hollywood

I met Melody outside a coffee shop in Hollywood, CA.  She was smearing raw butter on her face and told me it was for sun protection. I learned about her life on the streets and bought her some coffee.  When I left she insisted I take a small baseball bat from her as a present.    

Mr. Woodstock

Mr. Woodstock

It was a quiet chance meeting.  No conversation was had, 10 seconds for a photo.... peace and love.  

King of Miami

King of Miami

What If God were one of us? 

Guitar Nancy; LA

Guitar Nancy; LA

You can often find Guitar Nancy hanging around LA's Downtown Central Market.  I put a dollar in her open guitar case.  Well worth the outlandish, outer-space-ish conversation we enjoyed.  

Our Man In Miami Beach

Our Man In Miami Beach

Bethany; Miami

Bethany; Miami

Three Dollars and Pizza 

The Immigrant; Miami

The Immigrant; Miami

"Considering our history, I can think of nothing more American than an immigrant."  Conor Oberst 

The Illustrated Woman

The Illustrated Woman

Kimi Devine; Miami

Kimi Devine; Miami

3 dollars and a bottle of water.  

Silver Man

Silver Man

My joy is to spend the rest of my life making images with people who are often considered to be outside the boundaries of social acceptability.  

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Venice Beach Sideshow

Venice Beach Sideshow

One second after this shot, the Carnival "Barker" started screaming at me for money.  Learn to move quickly on the street, get the shot, then become invisible.  

Fountain Of Youth

Fountain Of Youth

There is great beauty in an old woman with a young heart.   

Gangs Of Santa Fe

Gangs Of Santa Fe

Street photography's fun because when done right, there's always a small element of danger.  

Superheroes

Superheroes

"We must always guard and cherish our inner Superheroes."   

Parade

Parade

Justin; Miami

Justin; Miami

Five Dollars and Pizza

The New Royals

The New Royals

"And we'll never be royals, royals... it don't run in our blood.  That kind of luxe just ain't for us, we crave a different kind of buzz."  Lorde

Pepe; San Francisco

Pepe; San Francisco

"I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them."  Diane Arbus 

The Mime; New Orleans

The Mime; New Orleans

Hearts can be broken .... with nary a word spoken.  

In The Park

In The Park

"From the wreck of time I sing out to the next generation of lovers and the next."  Theodore Decker

Dot and Bernard; Texas

Dot and Bernard; Texas

3 Dollars and a Sandwich

How does one photograph poverty?  I mean it's so overdone and it's really hard to get a great shot, a unique shot that honors the subjects as well as the legacy poverty images of Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and Mary Ellen Mark.  On the street, Dot and Bernard reached out to me for help.... and that's how this image came to be.

Buskers; New Orleans

Buskers; New Orleans

"One must give himself completely to his art and not hold back.  Throw caution to the wind.  Embrace the muse.  Make love to your art."  Harley King 

Subway; NYC

Subway; NYC

I don't know everyone's story... but I want to know... 

The Mariner; San Francisco

The Mariner; San Francisco

"And I shall watch the ferry boats, and they'll get high on a bluer ocean against tomorrow's sky.  And I will never grow so old again and I will walk and talk in gardens all wet with rain."  Van Morrison 

Seekers Of Light; NYC

Seekers Of Light; NYC

"Light makes photography.  Embrace light.  Admire it.  Love it.  But above all, know light.  Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography."  George Eastman

Contestant 3225

Contestant 3225

Lost... One Marching Band

Lost... One Marching Band

Wandering the streets with a camera is far and away my most favorite pastime.  A pastime that actually became an obsession long ago. Joy.   

 

Vesuvio

Vesuvio

They had partied all night long.  I took this photo the following morning inside Vesuvio, a famous San Francisco Bar where Jack Kerouac and his "Beat Generation" Friends used to hang out.  I was reminded of a younger me, when I was quite the party animal myself.  

Times Square Lights; NYC

Times Square Lights; NYC

Shot under a blinking red 200 ft. tall sign...

American Gothic

American Gothic

"The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist."  Russell Baker 

Street Music; New Orleans

Street Music; New Orleans

"Be so good they can't ignore you."  Steve Martin 

Circus Life

Circus Life

"Life is a free circus.  All you have to do is pay attention." Bill Copeland

Another Devoted Fan

Another Devoted Fan

He told me that he has devoted his life to Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS.  He also made me promise that I would tell everyone who views this image:  This is NOT the real Paul Stanley.    

Working Man; NYC

Working Man; NYC

"Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor.  In short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying."  Studs Terkel 

Being The Queen

Being The Queen

We met on the streets of New Orleans ..... he told me, "Channeling the Queen is hard work but I find helping with policy decisions can be very rewarding."  

For Juliana

For Juliana

I met him on Lincoln Ave in Miami.  He said he was a Chef in a restaurant.... he also told me that Juliana had broken his heart.  

Breakfast In New Orleans

Breakfast In New Orleans

7am Menu.  I brought the banana and breakfast bar. Smitty's having his regular pint of cheap whiskey and Smitty Jr. is having a Baby Ruth candy bar.  I don't know what the guy in the background had for breakfast, he muttered a few words and walked away.  

Man In Bath Robe

Man In Bath Robe

I'm often asked, "Where do you find all these odd people?"  Well, it seems to me like odd people are always where I am.   

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Coon Low Res .jpg