A personal project for my head. People of Parker.
Roughly around this time last year I began a personal project that I had to put a stop to after receiving several lucrative commercial contracts that took the majority of my personal shooting time away from me. Yay! Right?! The project I had halted was called "People of Parker", named after the small town/indian reservation I reside in/on. In the beginning, I had intended to only photograph business owners - and more specifically, business owners who maintained a brick and mortar business in the area for 10+ years. Looking back, I realize I could have photographed many more people in the time I was working on this project had I not set such restrictive guidelines.
January/February is historically a slow time of the year for my portrait photography business, and while commercial gigs help to pay the bills, I miss photographing people and the interaction I have with them when there's a camera between us. In light of that, I've decided to pick the project back up and focus on native Americans for the time being. I'm not going to set any sort of guidelines for the project other than my subjects must be people of Parker. I began yesterday by photographing three young men who are operating a frybread stand full time in the area. At the end of the visit with the three young men, I told one of the I'd let him know what I was going to do with and how I was going to share the project once I had a good idea about what I was going to do with it. His response could very well be responsible for this post. He responded by saying, " When you're from the streets you don't wait around for a good idea, you just roll with it." It was a solid reminder.