The Illustrated Woman; Texas

The Illustrated Woman; Texas

Forrest; San Francisco

Forrest; San Francisco

Five Dollars and 15 minutes of conversation.  

Kenny; Miami South Beach

Kenny; Miami South Beach

He's got a love for Michael Jackson and free restaurant crackers, which represent a favorite survival food for many homeless in the USA.  

Melody; Los Angeles

Melody; Los Angeles

Three Dollars and a cup of coffee.      

King of Miami

King of Miami

What If God were one of us? 

Guitar Nancy; LA

Guitar Nancy; LA

2 dollars in an open guitar case.

Our Man In Miami; Miami Beach

Our Man In Miami; Miami Beach

3 Dollars and a bottle of water.

Bethany; Miami

Bethany; Miami

Three Dollars and Pizza 

Mr. Woodstock

Mr. Woodstock

No donation made, no conversation had, peace and love 

Kimi Devine; Miami

Kimi Devine; Miami

Three dollars, water and listening to her story

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

El Cubano; Miami

El Cubano; Miami

Money for cigarettes.  

Venice Beach Sideshow

Venice Beach Sideshow

One Dollar because the guy running the side show demanded it after I made this shot.   

Another Devoted Fan

Another Devoted Fan

Kind conversation about his life devoted to Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS.    

Fountain Of Youth

Fountain Of Youth

There is great beauty in an old woman with a young heart, albeit she may be crazy as a bedbug.  

Gangs Of Santa Fe

Gangs Of Santa Fe

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

The Immigrant; Miami

The Immigrant; Miami

Kind conversation about life as an Immigrant.  

Superheroes

Superheroes

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

Parade

Parade

Conversation about their homeland of Trinidad.   

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.  

Dot and Bernard; 3 Dollars and a Sandwich

Dot and Bernard; 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 

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

Subway; NYC

Subway; NYC

So many stories in people's faces..... i think my obsession is to capture these images and stories in my "pickle jar head." 

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

Lost... One Marching Band

Lost... One Marching Band

"Seventy-six trombones led the big parade... with a hundred and ten cornets close at hand.  They were followed by rows and rows of the finest virtuosos.... the cream of every famous band!"  Harold Hill 

 

Contestant 3225

Contestant 3225

When I first met Mr. Dick in Tie 

True Grit

True Grit

"Surrealism had a great effect on me because I realized that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity.  Surrealism to me is reality."  John Lennon

Circus Life

Circus Life

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

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 

American Gothic

American Gothic

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

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.  You know, the party never ends ( until it does. ) 

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."  

Street Music; New Orleans

Street Music; New Orleans

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

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.   

The Ice Cream Of Our Discontent

The Ice Cream Of Our Discontent

"Where does discontent start?  You are warm enough, but you shiver.  You are fed, yet hunger gnaws you.  You have been loved, but your yearning wanders in new fields.  And, to prod all these there's time, the bastard time."  John Steinbeck  

Times Square Lights; NYC

Times Square Lights; NYC

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

For Juliana

For Juliana

I met him on Lincoln Ave next to South Beach in Miami.  Said he was a chef in a restaurant.... he also told me that Juliana had broken his heart.  

Carnival Life

Carnival Life

"You don't have to enhance reality.  There is nothing stranger than truth."  Annie Leibovitz

Coco Loco

Coco Loco

"A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other." Charles Dickens

Frozen In Time

Frozen In Time

I'm shooting in a crowd, and suddenly 2 Souls appear.  They seem to say, "Here we are, frozen for the rest of time."   

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.