Copyright Jeff Ball 2009

Copyright Jeff Ball 1998

Good fences make good neighbors? As I start to dig through my archives for photographs, I came across this one which I took with my newly created fisheye lens in the late 90s. This photo was taken not too long after Mathew Shepard was killed in Wyoming. It has always symbolized that fence where he was found grasping to life. As time has passed, this piece has become both difficult to look at and an inspiration to me. Despite his horrific death, it gave a face to the gay rights movement and we finally have hate crime laws to protect innocents like Mathew.

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