After living as an upstanding member of Missoula, Montana for many years, Steven Zeiler suddenly found himself homeless in his home town. Following a period of strained domestic relations, Steven was asked by his wife to leave their home. Assuming that this would only be short term, Steven quietly moved to the streets. Only weeks later, Steven returned to his home late one evening to assist in caring for his son who was ill. That evening, the police were called to a domestic dispute. No one was harmed, however Steven's wife sought an order of protection to have Steven removed from the family home and prevented from coming within one mile of her or Benjamin. Shortly afterwards, she filed for divorce.  Up until his departure from the family home, Steven had been the full-time stay at home parent and primary caregiver to their 3 year old son Benjamin. Suddenly Steven found himself not only unemployed, but homeless and separated from his son. Over the spring, summer and autumn months of 2014, Steven, practically penniless, would develop a new pattern of life, find new friends, and seek to regain access to his son, heal the emotional scars, and start the process of putting of the next chapter of his life together.  It was over this period, from July to November 2014, that I photographed Steven Zeiler for four months, following a chance encounter on the street. I was forced to stop documenting Steven's story as I left the United States.   [Update]: Having now returned to Missoula, Montana, this project is ongoing. The images seen here comprise the first chapter in his story.
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 After living as an upstanding member of Missoula, Montana for many years, Steven Zeiler suddenly found himself homeless in his home town. Following a period of strained domestic relations, Steven was asked by his wife to leave their home. Assuming that this would only be short term, Steven quietly moved to the streets. Only weeks later, Steven returned to his home late one evening to assist in caring for his son who was ill. That evening, the police were called to a domestic dispute. No one was harmed, however Steven's wife sought an order of protection to have Steven removed from the family home and prevented from coming within one mile of her or Benjamin. Shortly afterwards, she filed for divorce.  Up until his departure from the family home, Steven had been the full-time stay at home parent and primary caregiver to their 3 year old son Benjamin. Suddenly Steven found himself not only unemployed, but homeless and separated from his son. Over the spring, summer and autumn months of 2014, Steven, practically penniless, would develop a new pattern of life, find new friends, and seek to regain access to his son, heal the emotional scars, and start the process of putting of the next chapter of his life together.  It was over this period, from July to November 2014, that I photographed Steven Zeiler for four months, following a chance encounter on the street. I was forced to stop documenting Steven's story as I left the United States.   [Update]: Having now returned to Missoula, Montana, this project is ongoing. The images seen here comprise the first chapter in his story.
After living as an upstanding member of Missoula, Montana for many years, Steven Zeiler suddenly found himself homeless in his home town. Following a period of strained domestic relations, Steven was asked by his wife to leave their home. Assuming that this would only be short term, Steven quietly moved to the streets. Only weeks later, Steven returned to his home late one evening to assist in caring for his son who was ill. That evening, the police were called to a domestic dispute. No one was harmed, however Steven's wife sought an order of protection to have Steven removed from the family home and prevented from coming within one mile of her or Benjamin. Shortly afterwards, she filed for divorce.Up until his departure from the family home, Steven had been the full-time stay at home parent and primary caregiver to their 3 year old son Benjamin. Suddenly Steven found himself not only unemployed, but homeless and separated from his son. Over the spring, summer and autumn months of 2014, Steven, practically penniless, would develop a new pattern of life, find new friends, and seek to regain access to his son, heal the emotional scars, and start the process of putting of the next chapter of his life together.It was over this period, from July to November 2014, that I photographed Steven Zeiler for four months, following a chance encounter on the street. I was forced to stop documenting Steven's story as I left the United States.[Update]: Having now returned to Missoula, Montana, this project is ongoing. The images seen here comprise the first chapter in his story.
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