In my project, "The Only Millionaire", I attempt to explore the relationship between my aging father and the his reality. His nature as a polio survivor, alcoholic, and gambling Texas oil man, led to unpredictability and long absences in my life, such as his eight year stint in in Mexico to avoid the law. Taking photographs at this stage in our relationship has created an armature to build an understanding of one another.
Mitch has a way of leaving an indelible mark on the places he inhabits, often, without permission; from pouring concrete tables inside rented Acapulco bungalows to decorating someone else's Texas border motel with his original and difficult-to-move laser cut stone. His legacies are abundant, challenging, and ultimately overlooked by those just passing by.
I've witnessed his unorthodox lifestyle, translated his stories, and collected ephemera sent by mail as proof of his bizarre conquests. This collection of photographs begins to tell the story of my father's "works-in-progress" and reflects on his own enigmatic existence. He currently resides in Langrty, Texas on the border of Mexico. This town, population 11, was made famous by the legendary Judge Roy Bean, The Law West of the Pecos, who is my father's personal hero. Mitch can often be found riding his golf cart down the highway 67.