“Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.” - Edward Steichen
THE TOWER TRIBE, A RAT’S EYE VIEW
I spent a year and a half spent on the street, photographing and interviewing homeless young adults in Fresno’s Tower District
The locals call them Tower Rats, an insult. I call them a tribe, due to how they support each other. When preparing the exhibit, the Tribe said to call the project: A Rat’s Eye View. I added The Tower Tribe, to honor their humanity.
THE LAND OF MY FATHER
In honor of my father, William Paul Cooper, Jr., who lets me photograph him whenever I’m with him.
At nearly 96, he still drives, still goes out on his trike and bikes 6-8 miles each day.
My world. Those, who in their listening, I am.