A photographer stands, swaying, on the corner of Ervay and Elm with nothing in his hands but a paper CVS photo folder. The folder holds two beautiful pictures of slot canyons he tries to sell to a man walking past. He took them on his Cannon EOS. What others don’t know is that in the paper folder is another white envelope for extra protection of his best shot, his pride and joy.
Davey Drew is homeless right now and rather enjoys it. He likes the freedom and has for the past 25 years.
“I can travel all over the country, you know, shoot this with a camera, do what other people can’t do,” he said with a smile barely be seen through his greying beard. “Of course, I’m almost 60.”
The photographer has held other jobs before, but it was “just this and that, like everyone else. Junk.”
To get from city to city, Davey Drew takes greyhounds and hitches rides on freight trains.
“Anything that moves that’s going my way and that I can get in or get on. I don’t much think about where I’m going to go,” Davey Drew said. “I just, you know. I’ve already been there and somehow I liked it so much I ended up there again.”
He used to hitchhike but doesn’t anymore. You see, he’s crippled now.
“I fell very seriously, but it wasn’t on one of my photoshoots,” Davey Drew said. “I was just screwing around.”
Davey Drew peddles his photos across the country but is going to sell them on eBay soon. The best place he’s been is Arizona. Northern Arizona, to be precise, an area where he probably took the photos he’s now selling to the highest bidder.
“I lived in Arizona before I was homeless and I think I’m going to go there again next,” Davey Drew said. The last time Davey Drew was here was over 10 years ago. Even though he just arrived three or four days ago, he doesn’t know how long he’ll be in town, but he’s thinks he’ll be leaving soon.
It’s much warmer there.
“I aint worth a shit, but I like my life a lot and this is something to do.”