I’ve always had a fascination with subcultures, graffiti, hip-hop, and the streets. The desire to document everyday life through photography goes back to my great grandfather Lyman Whitlock who documented the Tulsa Race Riot in 1921. My first camera was a 1984 Fisher-Price Kodak Kids 110. This instilled in me the need for a small, compact, point and shoot camera that was easily concealed.
Over the years my love for documenting everyday life has gotten me banned, beat up, robbed, threatened, and arrested. In 2014 I won a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against the Sebastian County Sheriffs Department over a photograph I took of an officer on duty. This led to a change in policies and procedures ensuring the protection of photographers rights under the First Amendment in Arkansas.
bradenpurcell.com is home to my personal blog along with a collection of photography documenting the people and places I encounter while traveling.
All images and content on this website © Braden Purcell 2018