Adam Patterson

USA, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Ned and D have been together for over 10 years. They moved to Las Vegas from Colorado, where Ned had a successful business, but fell on hard times and were eventually forced to sleep rough after falling behind on rent payments, partly, they admit, caused by their drug habit. They moved into the relative sanctuary of the storm drains underneath the city in order to escape the elements and the hassle of living rough on the streets above. What they found there was a sense of community that they could lean on for support. To raise money they hustle on the strip, labelling themselves as 'concierges of nightlife', something they've become quite good at, before retreating back underground to their home which consists of a double bed a few meagre possessions.
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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5000 x 3333 pixels
42.33 x 28.22 cm (300 dpi)
16.67 x 11.11 inch (300 dpi)
2.9 MB size on disk
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