27. David Vitone at his garage filled with possessions of wife, Lisa, who has recently moved out to live with her parents in North Texas, Akron, Ohio

David Vitone at his garage filled with possessions of wife, Lisa, who has recently moved out to live with her parents in North Texas, Akron, Ohio

2013

Archival inkjet print

11 x 14 in. 


While singing with the Chapel of Prayer choir, Dave met Lisa, whom he wed following a brief courtship. The congregation of this Baptist church has greatly helped him over the past years since while incarcerated he met a church elder visiting the down and out. Dave lived through decades of substance abuse problems. One leg is shorter than the other due to a gunshot suffered in a drug-related incident. He was unable to keep a job. Enamel decayed, his teeth split and were pulled. The church congregation took him in, brought him clothes, bought him dentures, valued his talent as a singer and generally aided him in turning his life around. He is saddened by the desertion of his wife and reminded of her by the piles of belongings she has left.