Las Vegans at work

Last week the Las Vegas Review-Journal asked me to find wild art, getting paid to basically do street photography sounds like a dream assignment. With such an open ended task and the tight deadline that's part of working with a daily paper it can be a bit of a challenge to get going, I found that the best way for me to find my direction was to set a loose theme for the day. I decided on showcasing what work means to different people by hunting for some of Las Vegas' more offbeat characters at their jobs. 

A man, who did not want to give his name, left, places coins into Clarence Witzel's panhandling cup on the pedestrian overpass at South Las Vegas Boulevard and West Harmon Avenue in Las Vegas Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Witzel's panhandling set up is meant to mimic a fishing rod. Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal

A man, who did not want to give his name, left, places coins into Clarence Witzel's panhandling cup on the pedestrian overpass at South Las Vegas Boulevard and West Harmon Avenue in Las Vegas Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Witzel's panhandling set up is meant to mimic a fishing rod. Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Clarence Witzel panhandles using a set up meant to mimic a fishing rod on the pedestrian overpass at South Las Vegas Boulevard and West Harmon Avenue in Las Vegas Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Clarence Witzel panhandles using a set up meant to mimic a fishing rod on the pedestrian overpass at South Las Vegas Boulevard and West Harmon Avenue in Las Vegas Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Artist, Alexander P. Huerta adds to a collaborative piece featuring work by Alexander Sky and Eddie "Cicifu" Canumay at peaceNart Studio at the Arts Factory in Las Vegas Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Huerta, Sky, and Canumay make up an art collective called 3 BAAAD SHEEP. Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Artist, Alexander P. Huerta adds to a collaborative piece featuring work by Alexander Sky and Eddie "Cicifu" Canumay at peaceNart Studio at the Arts Factory in Las Vegas Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Huerta, Sky, and Canumay make up an art collective called 3 BAAAD SHEEP. Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Busker Jesse Case performs by sticking his tongue in a mouse trap at Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Busker Jesse Case performs by sticking his tongue in a mouse trap at Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Busker Jesse Case performs by hammering a nail into his nostril at Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Busker Jesse Case performs by hammering a nail into his nostril at Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal