Anything Helps

man asleep on grass

people with signs looking for help from passing cars

people with signs looking for help from passing cars

street people crossing the street

Shooting through the windshield was never an option before. I was a photographer interested in sharpness and clarity. I spent my food money on sharp lenses I couldn’t afford and then put them through meticulous tests. I wouldn’t even wear sunglasses, just so I could see the world as the camera did.

Now I’m embracing the distortions of the cheap glass, performing extreme crops, and dragging Lightroom sliders in attempts to recover contrast and color. Perfect technique is sitting in the backseat this year while content is riding shotgun.

Look clearly at what’s going on around you. And welcome to America.


  1. Nice collection, Trent. If you took similar photos across America and wrote short descriptions of the people and their stories, you would have the makings of a revealing and poignant book. Also, there’s a great short story titled “Anything Helps,” by Jess Walter, that everyone should read.

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