Russell Wengler, 57, was riding his bike on Cherokee Street when he spotted me with a camera. He threw his arms in the air and awaited my shutter clicks. Wengler had gotten out of prison two weeks ago after being locked up for 30 years.
Wengler revealed pictures on his phone of the Arch that he visited earlier in the day. He continued scrolling through photos. Among them was the gravesite of his parents who died while he was in prison, his brother on a motorcycle, and a few snapshots of printed family photos that were taken when he was younger. He carries in his pocket the things he missed most while being in prison.
Also in his pocket was a letter he had written while in prison.
After that, Wengler said he had to get to the halfway house before the curfew. He rode his bike down Cherokee Street with his head looking side to side soaking in all its' changes.