Reno is known as the biggest little city in the world and it has been home for the last 16 years. I’ve always been in love with the night sky and the lights of downtown. The lit up billboards and casinos that are a part of the skyline and come to live at dusk wake feelings of nostalgia and perhaps a memory of a prior life.
This picture dates back a few years and was taken strolling through downtown, tripod and camera in tow while experimenting my first nighttime shots. The Silver Legacy is one of the main casinos in town, home to the many buffets, restaurants, slots, table games as well as nighttime entertainment and concert venues.
Unfortunately, things have changed over the past 16 years and not all things are favorable and welcomed. Vandalism and crime has increased as well as the amount of the less fortunate, transient traffic and pan handlers during the summer months. I have always been the first to help anyone in need, but sadly many take advantage of the traffic in the hopes of a life without work, which makes it difficult to walk through downtown without some sort of encounter. I share one thing in common and that is the dream of someday being on my own time, a life without work, free to do the things I please to do and moments filled with wonder and amazement about this beautiful place we call our home. Until then and without knowing their stories, I am grateful being able to support myself even if I dream of a different future. I work hard for everything I have and we all pay a price. It’s just a matter what matters, of how much and how long we pay to be at peace with the life we envision for oursleves.