Having never acted before, 15-year-old Gabe Nevins scored the lead in Gus Van Sant’s 2007 film Paranoid Park (opposite a pre-goth Taylor Momsen). During filming, he met photographer Nick Haymes, and the two began a longstanding collaboration, seeing each other sporadically over the next few years in New York and the actor-skateboarder’s native Oregon. Those meetings comprise the first half of a poignant new book, GABEtm (Damiani Publishers), which contains a introduction by the director.
Soon after his 18th birthday, however, Nevins left home and made trips to San Francisco and Los Angeles in search of acting work. Eventually he suffered a breakdown and began sleeping on the streets. While the duo kept in touch, it wasn’t until 2010, when Haymes got disturbing reports of Haymes living rough on Hollywood Boulevard, that he decided to track him down. That’s the second half of the book, a painful series of photographs showing the down-and-out teenager living his own private Idaho, ironically, grappling with homelessness and sexual identity. To be continued.