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This is Montana and his pet possum.
Montana is one of the better-known homeless here in Seattle.
He lives in an underground dug-out with his possum, his dog and numerous birds and raccoons that he has befriended.
(I'll be going to photograph it next week. Unfortunately someone recently ransacked it and almost all his belongings were either stolen or destroyed.)
He just got his section-8 so hopefully he'll have his own apartment soon.
That's Rob (also homeless and an amazing artist) skate-boarding by.
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wendigomanofslender1 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
the random black guy with dreads longboarding made me laugh
Twattage Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! What a great shot! =)
mnasser Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
He has such a kind face :)
Amazing shot!!! great comment..
andreaks Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009

letranger-cg Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
totally amazing shot. you really have good relation with the homeless.
hockenberry Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
"...acknowledge their existence" : you do that wonderfully !
Stefinboom Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
Takurinri Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
I love the idea of befriending all those animals :). It's great that you talk to the homeless, and don't just try to avoid them like most people.
YvesDesign Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008

This image has been added in People around the world Feature #1

I hope that this feature opens up your amazing artwork to many new watchers!

Have a nice day!
alix05 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
oh great foto!
pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Dignity, beauty, and a really neat ';possum.
Cowesses Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
I just saved this photo as my wallpaper. A striking image. I'll keep it there probably until I get tired of looking at the opossum. Opossums creep me out. But they tantalize me, too. Probably Freudian.

Whenever I read your comments, my mood is instantly lifted. You convey so much positive energy, and I thrive on that. Guess I'm more on the sullen side.
franzfelscherdesign Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
This is awesome. His facial expression really tells a story. Your photos all remind me of classic magnum shots, really.
Oosaki-Nana Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
Rob's got the best #($*ing board I've ever seen.
Tell them hello from me!
And.. that pet is amazing. =) Love your photos.

brunoxyz Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
i like the shot. and the characters you find are very amusing.
BurnedSnow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
Gorgeous :)
DrNoPlan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007   Photographer
When a pic is a good one? At this moment if you have a movie in your mind. This capture is telling a story. Nice framed and and good grayscaled bw. :)
MarcyCimitero Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007
now featured in my journal :)
MarcyCimitero Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
i love this kind of pictures ! :+fav:
robosexual Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
I have to stop looking at these photos, before I break into tears. If only Bush had only spent the 300 billion on humanity instead of war...:(
iamkatia Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
300 billion - can you even believe that?!
we could've housed sooo many homeless and sick people.

so sad...
kazamo Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
His expression is amazing. I love the other random guy in the back skateboarding. It's relaxing to look at if I can use that word....

Oh andmost certainly a :+fav:
BeatKiLL Featured By Owner May 6, 2007   Photographer
really nice photo
darlingxiloveyou Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
I've met him before. He really is a nice guy. The photograph is lovely by the way. All of your stuff is.

I was going to the art institute and living in the dorms but ended up withdrawing and therefore had to move out. It landed me in Texas for the last 3 months, but I'll be back in June. I'll be living in Downtown Puyallup and then in August, my friend and I are gonna get an apartment up in Seattle. Anyways, when I get back I plan to visit westlake and probably give out free hugs again. Point being, I would love for you to take my picture. :smile:
arabienne Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
His eyes have almost a ghostlike quality to them... Like he's not really there. But because of their tone, eyes are drawn to them immediately. He seems like quite a character... The guy in the back helps, too.
Belzebuth Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
you're a journalist.
iamkatia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
that's how i see myself - yup. :)
Belzebuth Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
that's how i see yourself too
iamkatia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
smiling.. :)
Jagged-lil-pill Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
I love this photograph. His eyes are really pretty and twinkley. This is more than just a reference of what he looks like. His pet possem is awsome as well :) All of your work amazes me x
AwesomeJ Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
simply awesome..
may you share your setting detail?
iamkatia Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
f2.8, 1/160

glad you like it. :)
Malicka Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
I didn't know such animals existed. I guess there aren't any in Portugal.
As i said before, i just love your photos because of their inner message. They're like a fist on our souls. And this one is another beautiful, simple and fistfull peace of work.

Keep up the good work, girl! :)

And, btw, Montana looks like Eddie Vedder to me :)
marryinchains Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
great picture and great portrait. but that possum is sooo wierd. i've never seen one before.
hp5 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007   Photographer
The skater is quiting a lot of force to this portrait. I'd better emphasis the buildings for this city portrait...
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natalicious Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2007
love you for doing this. i just recently started by portraiting my former 'roommates' aka homeless addicts. this week i am back for a week in holland, and i can say it was very hard in a way to see them again, in the same circumstances i left them in about 2 years ago. i moved on, they're still there. and they will be there for long..
ive always thought, if i ever come out of this hell hole, i want to do something in return. because yes i was lucky enough to have a reason to fight, or i dunno what the difference was. half of me is still with them, and will always be.

- natasha
sebbaltyn Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2007   Filmographer
i really liike the composition of this image.

also, its great how you've brought out his eyes.

very powerful.
ebonysoul Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007  Student
he has a pet opossum???!!! That's so frickin' cool!!! He seems like an awesome guy! Hope he gets a good apartment! Wish him the best! And Rob as well. BTW, how's Shy doing?
nightmare-orchestra Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
mostly I like the contrast and the charimatic marks ( the possum is in my sight mostly it really gives another depth of life to a rather otherwise dead image the black and white here gives a special tension good work well a new appartment is at the least good news
orleck Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007   Photographer
so strait forward, i like it a lot, keeps me looking

wonderful :)

take care
glorifiedsnapshots Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007   Photographer
who fucks up a homeless persons dwelling? thats just wrong. like, beyond wrong. your capture is beautiful. makes me want to get to know him. he looks like a really interesting person.
VoluntaryApnea Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
more than ever
i'm blown away
thank you love
HappyMartin Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
Stunning work again, well worth watching you
Phoenix001 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OMG THATS AWSOME!!!! wowo things like this are so amazing
xxFadedxAwayxx09 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
Montana's got a lot of character. He looks like someone's beyond-cool uncle.
I really like this; especially when paired with the description, it really makes me smile. I hope he gets that apartment. And if I lived nearby I'd send over a bunt cake.
raelislington Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
What will he do with his opossum if he gets his apartment? :/
iamkatia Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
he's going to keep his opossum and his little dog. :)
raelislington Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
Yay! Maybe I can run into him if I ever manage to get over from Spokane. I like opossums, they're neat. Any word on how soon he might hear anything about the housing?
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