Denver School Bus Painted as Prison Bus.

After making this picture, the school director and his 13-year-old son walked over and asked me what I was doing. My immediate thought was, “uh oh, here we go…” They were actually really nice and eager to discuss their thoughts on the prison themed graphics.

Both the school director and his son said they hated the negative message of the design. The young boy said he always tries to sit at the front of the bus because he is embarrassed to sit in the prison section. I asked the director why the school agreed to have the prison graphics painted on their school bus. He said they had no choice; it was the decision of “Ace Scholarships”, and they rely on “Ace Scholarships” grant money to keep the school open.

"Polaroids of America” project. © Jason Paul Roberts, 2012.