“Insane Wayne,” 2007
It’s over 100 degrees, and flies fill the dusty desert terrain. Homeless dogs wanter about, trying to sniff out a bite to eat amongst the trailer and camper homes set up for the resident families, retirees, and nomads. Without electricity or running water, the community runs on generators. It’s a quiet place, but there’s laughter here. The youngsters gather ‘round an older man named Mike, who tells the best stories. This is how Colorado-based photographer Teri Havens remembers Slab City, where years ago, she spent her days amongst a group strangers who soon became forever friends.