Adam Patterson

USA, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Eddy and Jody spent nearly ten years living in the storm drains that run beneath Las Vegas. Being homeless they found that the tunnels offered the best chance of security, privacy and in many ways a normal life. In the tunnels they were able to have bedding and possessions in a way that they wouldn't have been able to maintain had they been living above ground. The realisation that they didn't want to die down there led to them slowly getting things together so that they could move out. Acquiring things such as a computer and scooters for transport were crucial in allowing them to widen their employment opportunities and get them regular work and the ability to commit to renting somewhere. In 2011 they moved into a single room in Siegel Suites Motel. They are now looking to get a mortgage and take their first steps to owning their own property.
Posing the simple question to their subjects: 'What does Las Vegas mean to you?' photographers Adam Patterson and Greg Funnell collaborated on a project that sought to discover if the American Dream was still a plausible notion. They choose Las Vegas as their microcosm as there they found the extremes of western capitalism. It is a 24 hour city that sees 150,000 people pass through its airport every day on their way to sample its proffered pleasures: gaming, entertainment and hospitality. However, in contrast to its bright lights there exists a shadow city that is the ninth most dangerous in America (31st largest by population) and has had the country's highest unemployment rates since 2008. With this in mind the two photographers asked: 'Does America still dare to hope?'

Object Name
Adam Patterson
USA, Las Vegas, Nevada
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4724 x 3151 pixels
40 x 26.68 cm (300 dpi)
15.75 x 10.5 inch (300 dpi)
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