Photographer captures the 'dark side' of Las Vegas in haunting images

Down and out in Sin City: Photographer (on his honeymoon!) captures the ‘dark sideof Vegas and the true divide between Sin City’s ‘haves and have-nots

  • Kurtz Frausun, a filmmaker and photographer from Dallas, 德州, photographed tourists looking to hit it big at the casinos as well as destitute locals on the street
  • He explained that he wanted to explore the stark contrast between the ‘Haves and Have-Notsin Vegas while on his honeymoon with his wife
  • The photographer said that there is ‘desperation in everyonein Sin City
  • Frausun captured one man rambling outside of the Hard Rock Hotel, desperate to find his mother, and another sleeping on the sidewalk with his dog
  • He admitted that he stepped in vomit while photographing a woman leaning against a wall and smoking a cigarette with her mask pulled down
  • A photographer has captured the ‘darker side’ 的 拉斯维加斯 in his gritty series of black and white pictures featuring a juxtaposition of hopeful tourists looking to hit it big at the casinos and destitute locals on the street.

    In an article published by 无聊的熊猫, Kurtz Frausun wrote that he was on his honeymoon with his wife when he took the evocative 图片, saying he ‘was able to find that hidden beauty in the urine-soaked streets.

    The filmmaker and photographer from Dallas, 德州, explained that he wanted to explore the stark contrast between the ‘Haves and Have-Notsin Vegas as opposed to the glitz and glamour of the casinos and shows.

    ‘There’s a desperation in everyone,’ 他说. The tourists wanting to strike it rich at the casinos, the hustlers making money off of them, and the destitute looking for scraps. 一世 hate theobviouspictures people can take in a city like Vegas, the easy shots, the selfies while getting drunk.

    ‘I wanted to photograph what other people tried not to see, the person crying about a broken heart, the man yelling for his mother, the couple hugging and not sure of their next direction.

    Forget the glamour: Photographer Kurtz Frausun has captured the 'dark side' of Las Vegas in his gritty black and white picture series featuring both tourists and locals in Sin City

    Forget the glamour: Photographer Kurtz Frausun has captured the ‘dark sideof Las Vegas in his gritty black and white picture series featuring both tourists and locals in Sin City

    The dark side: The filmmaker and photographer from Dallas, 德州, was on his honeymoon with his wife when he was inspired to capture the stark contrast between the 'Haves and Have-Nots' in Las Vegas

    The dark side: The filmmaker and photographer from Dallas, 德州, was on his honeymoon with his wife when he was inspired to capture the stark contrast between the ‘Haves and Have-Nots’ 在拉斯维加斯

    Reality: Frausun explained that there is 'desperation in everyone' in Sin City, from the homeless people begging on the street to the hustlers preying on tourists who are looking to get rich quick

    Reality: Frausun explained that there is ‘desperation in everyonein Sin City, from the homeless people begging on the street to the hustlers preying on tourists who are looking to get rich quick

    心碎的: Frausun said he found this man rambling outside of the Hard Rock Hotel, desperate to find his mother. He explained that the man only stopped when he took his photo

    心碎的: Frausun said he found this man rambling outside of the Hard Rock Hotel, desperate to find his mother. He explained that the man only stopped when he took his photo

    Feeling hustled: Frausun admitted he had a hard time photographing people because they automatically assumed the was a scammer and would try to charge them money once he snapped their picture

    Feeling hustled: Frausun admitted he had a hard time photographing people because they automatically assumed the was a scammer and would try to charge them money once he snapped their picture

    Juxtaposition: The pricey designer stores on the strip were offset by the people who were suffering and begging for scraps on the Las Vegas Strip

    Juxtaposition: The pricey designer stores on the strip were offset by the people who were suffering and begging for scraps on the Las Vegas Strip

    Nothing's changed: Frausun said 'it was your usual time in Vegas' aside from people wearing masks, noting that it was 'packed' everywhere they went

    Nothing’s changed: Frausun said ‘it was your usual time in Vegasaside from people wearing masks, noting that it was ‘packedeverywhere they went

    Ick factor: Frausun said he stepped in vomit while photographing this woman leaning against a wall and smoking a cigarette with her mask pulled down

    Ick factor: Frausun said he stepped in vomit while photographing this woman leaning against a wall and smoking a cigarette with her mask pulled down

    可怕: Frausun said this stranger was crying about having a broken heart when he walked by with his camera

    可怕: Frausun said this stranger was crying about having a broken heart when he walked by with his camera

    Suffering: The person was sitting in the shade on the side of a building while Frausun was snapping photos

    Suffering: The person was sitting in the shade on the side of a building while Frausun was snapping photos

    隐: One of Frausun's photos from the series shows someone lying on the ground below bright lights of the restaurants packed with patrons

    隐: One of Frausun’s photos from the series shows someone lying on the ground below bright lights of the restaurants packed with patrons

    Feeling it out: Frausun said he never has a detailed plan when he has his camera. 代替, he likes to 'feel [他的] environment' and 'study those around [他]' before taking pictures

    Feeling it out: Frausun said he never has a detailed plan when he has his camera. 代替, he likes to ‘feel [他的] environmentand ‘study those around [他]’ before taking pictures

    回忆: Frausun said he prefers to shoot in black and white because he was born colorblind, and while he eventually developed the ability to see color as a child, he remembers 'seeing the world that way'

    回忆: Frausun said he prefers to shoot in black and white because he was born colorblind, and while he eventually developed the ability to see color as a child, he remembers ‘seeing the world that way

    被相机拍到: Frausun captured one woman asleep in her wheelchair with an Eataly bag hanging off of the back

    被相机拍到: Frausun captured one woman asleep in her wheelchair with an Eataly bag hanging off of the back

    Not his thing: The photographer explained that he had no interest in taking the 'obvious' pictures of people in Vegas taking drunk selfies while enjoying a night on the town

    Not his thing: The photographer explained that he had no interest in taking the ‘obviouspictures of people in Vegas taking drunk selfies while enjoying a night on the town

    Making music: One particularly moving photo shows a man playing the saxophone outside of the Sugar Factory restaurant as the crowds pass him by

    Making music: One particularly moving photo shows a man playing the saxophone outside of the Sugar Factory restaurant as the crowds pass him by

    Consumption: Frausun's photos highlight the rampant consumerism in Vegas, where many tourists were seen carrying around shopping bags

    Consumption: Frausun’s photos highlight the rampant consumerism in Vegas, where many tourists were seen carrying around shopping bags

    What happened? A woman in a mini dress was caught reacting to something on her cellphone, though her mask blocked most of her face

    What happened? A woman in a mini dress was caught reacting to something on her cellphone, though her mask blocked most of her face

    Tourist attraction: Las Vegas is known for its glamorous shows, over-the-top casinos, and incredible night life, attracting tens of millions of visitors each year

    Tourist attraction: Las Vegas is known for its glamorous shows, over-the-top casinos, and incredible night life, attracting tens of millions of visitors each year

    Taking a moment: Frausun photographed one couple embracing between two escalators near the pedestrian bridge on the Strip

    Taking a moment: Frausun photographed one couple embracing between two escalators near the pedestrian bridge on the Strip

    No trust: Frausun said he couldn't get anyone to talk to him and tell him their story because they feared he was trying to hustle them

    No trust: Frausun said he couldn’t get anyone to talk to him and tell him their story because they feared he was trying to hustle them

    Destitute: One man was slumped over and sleeping on what appeared be a cardboard box while sprawled on the sidewalk

    Destitute: One man was slumped over and sleeping on what appeared be a cardboard box while sprawled on the sidewalk

    目标: 'I wanted to photograph what other people tried not to see, the person crying about a broken heart, the man yelling for his mother, the couple hugging and not sure of their next direction,' the photographer said

    目标: ‘I wanted to photograph what other people tried not to see, the person crying about a broken heart, the man yelling for his mother, the couple hugging and not sure of their next direction,’ the photographer said

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