photography

Paul

Paul stands in Pegasus Plaza, casually snapping shots of people across the street. It’s Sunday, the day of rest, and as a devout Christian, he believes it completely. It is how he relaxes from his job as the director of marketing for a local car dealership and he has been doing it for seven months.

“I work very hard on a lot of different things,” Paul says. “I live in McKinney but I drive 40 miles to church over here in Oak Cliff every Sunday and I come downtown to take photographs as a form of relaxation because I really enjoy it.

Paul has always liked photography but took a college course last semester and had an excellent professor who inspired his affinity for the art of street photography.

“[My professor] gave us the framework and mechanics of it and said go now and do a project, I don’t care what you do, just go do it,” Paul says with a laugh, uncannily resembling Will Arnett.

Paul was naturally inclined to go out on the street and take pictures completing an extensive photo essay on Deep Ellum.

“I went down there on Friday and Saturday night every week for about six weeks and took hundreds of photographs which I reduced down to a ten photo display,” Paul says.

When he first started street photography, he did not know it was an art form. He was always just the one who liked to take candid photos.

“My professor looks at me initial work and was like, you should look up these three people,” Paul says.

One of them was late Garry Winogrand- the famous street photographer who remains an inspiration for his hobby.

The biggest things Paul learned this past seven months is to never pass by a shot, never hesitate, be fast, and be invisible.

It’s a perfect Sunday afternoon. The sun shines through the trees on the plaza and off the windows of nearby skyscrapers and Paul adjust the lens for his last shot of the day.

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Dallas, Homeless

Davey Drew

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.”