Lisa Cannon, originally from Australia, works as showgirl and pole dance instructor. She always dreamed of dancing in Las Vegas and has danced in numerous venues throughout the world including the Moulin Rouge in Paris. After an accident in Australia at the age 25 she was told she might never dance again, but since then she has recovered and is able to dance again. She also managed to get a visa to work in the USA, and shortly after moving to Vegas in 2009 was able to find employment. The sacrifice being that she hasn't been able to get home to see her family in over two years.
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?'