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I Photographed the Darker Side of Las Vegas While on My Honeymoon.

As a great lover of photographing street life, I wanted to go to Vegas not to see the big name acts and glamor, but to experience the grim truth of the “Haves and Have Nots.” Everyone is in a state of despair. The tourists hoping to strike it rich at the casinos, the hustlers profiting from them, and the impoverished hunting for scraps

I despise the “obvious” photos that individuals can take in a city like Vegas, the simple photographs, the drunken selfies. I wanted to picture what others tried not to see: a person grieving over a shattered heart, a man wailing for his mother, a couple holding and unsure of their next step. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to document the neglected and/or silent ones when in a metropolis.

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#1 This man was outside Hard Rock, desperate to find his mother… Rambling. He only came to a halt when I took his picture.

Here’s a little more information about me. I spent ten years as an experimental painter, creating Alchemical canvas work and sculptures, before moving on to music, where I produced 13 CDs, including an opera. I needed music videos eventually, so I started making my own, which led to my first experimental film, “Peacock”. It even took me to greater levels as I won me my first prize for Best Actor from the London Film Awards.

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My main photographic interests are the “Gold Buddhas Encased in Mud.” Finding the uncommon beauty in the midst of the muck. I’m a Geometry student, and I find angles with sharp lines relaxing, shooting forth and back. In them, a subject appears to be a flower growing through concrete. I also capture protests and rallies. Being in the midst of raw human emotion, such as wrath and joy, is a strong subject worth artistically examining.

I never go anywhere with my camera unless I have a specific plan. I have to feel my surroundings, observe individuals around me, and look for patterns to see what others miss and if they have aesthetic significance.

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#15 Across the street… But in Another World

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