Monday, July 15, 2019

Invisible People

Most homeless people in the USA are not the panhandlers, begging for change, trying to raise enough money to get a can of beer, a smoke of crack.

Most of them just had one too many spots of bad luck to many to remain in a home, and many of them will, perhaps with a little help, struggle back up into the ranks of the barely housed. Until then they live in shelters, clapped out RVs, minivans, tents, or when they can, with a friend.

They are largely invisible, unless you notice them stepping through the doorway of one of the many organizations that try to offer them the help they need to make that desperate lunge back up the socio-economic ladder, into the ranks of the not-homeless.


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    1. They're just sitting there, you know. Being rectangles of light and dark, I guess. Have you asked them?

    2. What are they meant to show? Something to do with the essay?

    3. Yes, these are in a sense documentary photographs of the marginal people, who are homeless but not visible (unless you go looking for them) portrayed in what I fancy is an allegory of how we actually see them, their living spaces, their possessions: out of focus, distant, partial.

    4. OK, thanks for explaining that. "out of focus, distant, partial" covers a whole spectrum of meaningless 'art' photography.

  2. I like it. I like the treatment of the subject. Not sure that you need the in-focus shots, which are there—I assume—to emphasize how out of focus everything else is. We know that. And that one RV gets too much play, but that problem will probably disappear as the project grows. It’s obviously not a new subject but you might have found a new angle into it. Well done. Keep going. Lot of room for exploration.