While taking a Kauffman Center photo from Truman Road on Saturday evening, I noticed I like this view too – all that’s good about the old buildings in KC, the first and second (AMC Mainstreet Theatre and Hotel President) were saved from near demolition. I aimed for kind of a film noir look with this one.
Brandon Cummins (left), Paul Burns (center), Justin Gardner (right)
Back on June 23 I did some behind the scenes still shooting for a new short film about Kansas City resident Paul Burns, who was the victim of a terrible face slashing last year, and how Paul is getting by in life. The nature of the crime perpetrated on Paul naturally makes the film slant to a somber note, though the crux of the story is more that Paul manages to keep a good sense of humor and a happy outlook despite what happened to him. Paul, the movie
I took this in June on Broadway west of Union Station while getting sunrise shots of the Kauffman Center construction. Of course, I had I hopes for a fun color photo here, but I haven’t got my hands on a haze filter just yet. So black and white was called for, since I still wanted to do something with this photo. I had invested too much time trying to take it that I wouldn’t let it go.
On Tuesday evening (07/13/10) out in south Overland Park, Kris Kobach, the UMKC law professor who helped draft Arizona SB 1070 appeared for a speaking engagement with Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaiobefore a supportive crowd. On the sidewalk out front, a large counter-demonstration was held in opposition to the Arizona law and the impetus to enact similar laws in Missouri, Kansas, and other states. There were some familiar faces as I photo-documented the counter-protest, as the KS/MO Dream Alliance helped organize the demonstration. I have met with them on the Plaza in KCMO two or three times in the past for photography of their demonstrations in favor of the Dream Act – which will help ensure a path to citizenship for the now-adult children of undocumented residents who find themselves also technically ”undocumented” despite having lived their childhood and formative years as Americans, geographically and culturally. It was unfortunate that later on in the evening, after I had left, there turned out to be a bomb scare, though luckily it was just an unattended briefcase. Below are several photos from the demonstration in front of the Ritz Charles meeting facility in Overland Park, Kansas where the Kobach/Arpaio event took place.