Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Joe (Venice Beach)

15 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Kevin, once again a wonderfully heartbreaking image.

Owen said...

Wow, talk about some hard living and hard travelling. Looks like a vision directly out of Bukowski's mind...

Two Tigers said...

The eyes, the eyes...all this man has been through is there to be read...

David Cutts said...

great!

LD said...

if ever a pair of eyes were a window to the soul..

Petrea said...

Kevin, I see you in these pictures. People who've been through hell don't necessarily want just anyone photographing them. Yet they give themselves openly to your camera. Something they see in you shows in their eyes. You've had a conversation with this man. Now he's ready to be photographed.

Janet M Kincaid said...

Intense and beautiful. Well done, Kevin.

all ways 11 o'clock said...

also, the trust in Joe for you to point the lens.
he reveals his truth to you Kevin.
what a beautiful gift.

~robert

Bob said...

enough of this cutesy stuff, already. let's see some balls, K.

BANJO52 said...

Petrea and All Ways make the big point. Anyway, it's another winner, sad and tough. I wonder, do you get the guys' stories, sense of biography as you talk with them?

altadenahiker said...

I don't know, many things recall Tennessee Williams to me today.

For this one:

Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.

Ken Mac said...

brutal, dude. Really. Took my breath away. Petrea nailed it.

Jean Spitzer said...

Okay, it's a wonderful photo but . . . what Petrea said. Sad.

namaki said...

Looks like Joe has been having a hard time ! This is a great portrait !

Venice said...

Joe was a Venice Beach legend, and his life gave way to alcoholism. He was a champion paddle tennis player, and the courts in Venice were dedicated to him last fall. I found him one day bleeding from the head in the alley and called paramedics for him. He died in 2011 on the streets of Venice, where he wanted to be.