If you grew up in lower or middle class America at some point and time in your neighborhood you had “That House On The Corner” . This is the house on my corner in rural Alabama.
This was my first day meeting Craig, J.B., Mama & Angel. I drove by and they were sitting just like this. I turned the car around as fast as I could, pulled up in front of there house and asked if I could make a picture of them sitting there. I heard yelling coming from inside the house, almost panic screams and as I was shooting this photo, a new character emerged from the shadows and into the doorway
The early days when Craig and Angel still had a lot of father daughter love for one another. After this day I never saw JB again.
This was the second time I went to Kim and Craigs house. I finally got to meet the man in the window. Mikey is his name and he's their son, a mentally challenged 33 year old boy. I told them I wanted to make a family portrait for them to have, they were worried about Mikey having my phone because they thought he wouldn't give it back. I had Thin Lizzy playing and he was shaking his head back and forth dancing like crazy. Kim didn't like the way she looked in this photo but that changed when I brought it back framed. She started crying and thanked me.
Mikeys eyes, I swear this kid would look at you and you'd want to give him the world. He's so kind and gentle and honestly he's the reason I kept going back to that house on the corner.
This was a rough day for Kim, she had just got back from the methadone clinic and had found out that her first husband had hung himself the night before. Mikey stayed in his room playing with his radio, a little sad and confused while Mama cried it out on the couch. That was the first day that Kim and I had a very long in depth conversation, up until then she was very closed off and private.