Animal Teeth @ The Livery [Electric Kool-Aid Acid Kat Fest 2] | 07.25.14

Back in the states after their stint in Saigon.

Shot for the Riverfront Times.

Dad Jr. @ The Livery [Electric Kool-Aid Acid Kat Fest 2] | 07.25.14

Shot for the Riverfront Times.

Trauma Harness @ The Livery [Electric Kool-Aid Acid Kat Fest 2] | 07.25.14

Shot for the Riverfront Times.

Hell Night outside of Strange Donuts in Maplewood | 08.22.14

The cops had to break up the terror.

You probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you this was taken last night at the “free speech zone” on West Florissant in Ferguson.

The Coathangers after their in-studio performance @ KDHX | 08.21.14

Three of the raddest ladies you’ll ever meet.

Ferguson | 08.20.14

Tonight will probably be the last time I step into Ferguson for a while and it’s only because I have a visiting photographer friend who will be down there. I’ve been covering the story when I can since it started and I feel at this point the media’s involvement has become less about documenting a civil rights issue and excessive policing and more about being vultures meandering up and down West Florissant. For most of yesterday the media outnumbered the demonstrators and that alone is absurd.

I spent part of my childhood in Ferguson but I won’t use that fact to absolve me of my conscience, to turn a struggle into spectacle.

Images from Saturday night in Ferguson.

1) Malik Shabazz walking away from tear gas after police volleyed canisters at the peaceful march he was leading.

2) Highway patrol captain Ron Johnson talks to the people on West Florissant.

3) A young boy looks up at the teenagers and young adults chanting from atop a panel van parked at Canefield and West Florissant.

4) SWAT vehicles blocking off the march to police command. As the lead APC came into position it almost connected with the individual you see with his hand extended. The individual then placed his hand on the hood of the APC to better get footage of the driver that nearly crushed him, which caused the gunner of the lead vehicle to freak, which lead to gas being lobbed at demonstrators. At no point did I see molotov cocktails or anything to imply that I was documenting an aggressive or violent congregation of individuals.

These images are only part of the narrative, please check out the rest of my photos from Sunday night over at the Riverfront Times.

A brief selection of photos from Ferguson last night. I left before curfew since I wasn’t completely prepared for the rain but I was down there long enough to feel the unease and tension, as well as to see some of the more jovial aspects of what’s going on in and around West Florissant. Captain Ron Johnson has been down there trying to bridge the divide between demonstrators and the police but, despite his most earnest efforts, that opportunity may have already passed.

Today is another day, of course, and we’ll see what that brings.

My photo of riot cops in downtown Ferguson, Missouri after pushing back protesters made the cover of this week’s Riverfront Times. The bottom image of Mike Brown’s family was taken by the talented Theo Welling.

The police seem to be doing everything they can to make the situation as difficult as possible. It’s exhausting, to say the least.