Monday, May 25, 2009

Tom Dehass - Open Container

This poor soul is Tom. He was arrested for 'Open Container'. One can only assume he was in public and not of his right mind, open container or not. His face has quite a tale to tell.

Strange new project

This is going to sound weird, but I have become interested in a new project inspired by a Tweet from my associate, Juan Thomassie. He sent me the URL of a creepy little website from They keep an archive of mug shots of those unfortunate enough to have been recently arrested. The archive is sortable by a number of ways. But one of the most interesting is by age. What I felt was so compelling was how the faces of people changed over time. The older the arrested became, the more their lifestyles seem to have physical effects on their faces.

Their features seem to become twisted. Over sized eyes, twisted noses and faces that seem to be contorted from top to bottom. For some reason I feel compelled to record these anomalies. I think it begs the question, "Do our choices and actions have a bearing on our physical appearance?"

This first entry is a portrait based on the mug shot of Daniel. Booked on May 13, 2009 for a sexual predator violation.