This is Brent. We met in Bend, Oregon sometime in 2005 or 2006, when we were both attending Central Oregon Community College. I was living in my van on campus. Between classes one day, while I was killing time in my vehicle, possibly playing the banjo, he and another friend poked their heads in and introduced themselves.
This was just a couple of months ago, in late
2012. After 7 years, Brent was considering cutting off his dreadlocks,
and asked me to take a series of photos highlighting his hair. He looks
much tougher here than he really is.
We became fast friends; less than a year later, he, I, and a few other friends rented a house together, named it The Goodness Collective, and began an epic phase of potluck-hosting, musical jams, and general community-on-a-budget living.
When we met, his dreadlocks were relatively short. We've shared many experiences together, including a week at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada in 2007. Look at those short dreads. This is from Burning Man in 2007, five years before the first photo. He still has this hat.
Brent now lives in Portland, Oregon, not too far from me. He fishes commercially for salmon in Alaska during his summers, and studies political science the rest of the time. While he is contemplating the next step in his life, I sincerely hope that we will remain close at heart. He was married this year, and I had the serious honor, after all these years of friendship, of documenting his wedding.
When introducing yourself to a stranger, as he did to me years ago, you never know how long and serious the resulting relationship will be. Take that risk, and say hello.