Michael F. Brown - A Kansas City Artist living off the grid
Sometimes you meet people in life that will continuously inspire you and elevate one to a different level of creativity. Mikey Brown is one of these people. I had met him back in 2006 on MySpace - we were mostly talking about the Arts and the path of the Artist that naturally comes with it. I was deeply inspired by him pursuing his true passion of drawing portraits of beautiful people while barely making ends meet. A homeless person that spent most of his days creating Art at the local Starbucks, and spent his nights under the local bridge or in abandoned houses.
When I was on the road across the US for the Liquor Store Photo Project I made sure this Series would also take me to Kansas City to finally meet my friend in person. After 8 years of being in touch I did not feel strange at all to finally hang out for a few days. I felt the urge to visually document an ‘ordinary day of Michael Brown’. From his mornings in his Art Studio aka Starbucks to his moments in an abandoned house he’s been fortunate to live in for the past 2 years. Mikey Brown shows us what the definition of the ‘pursuit of happiness’ really means. Here’s the impressions of this mini-documentary on him:
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