The Cutting Edge — A Photo Essay

Sam Sheridan

Short, long, wavy, curly, or straight, hair comes in all different styles. It plays a pivotal role in our looks and can instantly characterize an era. Barbers have long been romanticized — from the straight edge shaves in cowboy westerns to our almost instant recognition of the red and white pole. As one of the older professions, barbers play an interesting role in a community. A unique trust is built between a barber and their costumer. Many customers are loyal and many go for decades; though some just go wherever is cheapest, they usually don’t appreciate the art of haircutting. In this photo essay, I seek to capture some of our local barber shops, to portray these barber’s profession and to characterize their shop’s idiosyncrasies.