Sin City

I was able sneak in a quick trip to Las Vegas in February this year. A group of friends were already there so I decided to surprise them with a last minute flight. I flew in to LAX and drove through the desert towards Las Vegas. I really enjoyed the first two hours of the drive, cruising through the desert with the top down was kind cool (I had my fear and lothing in Las Vegas moment) however it got a little boring without a wingman or my Attorney. However I pressed on, testing the power of my Mustang.  I was heading deep into "Bat Country" . This phrase made more sense once my Vegas cherry was popped so to speak. It was truly a nocturnal experience, with many of the days passed with us locked in a hotel room.  We managed a few late afternoon ventures into the daylight but only for supplies. Hungover and hurting we were back quickly to get ready for another night on the strip. Wash, spin, dry and repeat..this was the way it was. In between all this I this I had a couple of nights to explore the streets looking for that Henri Cartier Bresson photo opportunity  This usually happened after a few pre-drinks to get me in the mood. Why not its Vegas. The nights were cold, theres a desert chill in the air. The strip was just winding up for another busy night. The pan handlers and performers had claimed their spots and were already working the tourists.  Inside the casinos the walkers were out again...hitting the slots and tables hard. No retreat no surrender! (great 80s martial arts flick if your into that sorta thing).  I didn't photograph in the casinos, I had been approached by a guard for taking shots earlier in the gaming room. If a big black man tells you to put your camera away and leave the casino you do so without hesitation. The DSLR is a big red light in these situations. So I focused on the streets. Here are the results. Hope you enjoy.