Close to Home
During my time in Baltimore, MD, it became impossible to ignore the multitudes of homeless that live on the streets and under bridges scattered throughout the city. I found myself taking walks and stumbling upon structures that were created, out of desperation and out of innovation, by those with no where else to live.
Very often, I found these spaces empty, as their owners have left for the day for work, to find food, shelter of local business, and warmth. I try to respect implied boundaries as I observe the spaces that those who live there call home. My photographs document the collection of objects that make up their belongings. Removing the space from it’s immediate surroundings, the viewer is forced to relate directly to the experience of inhabiting that area. Instead of a voyeuristic looking in from outside, the images look straight on at the scene from within, allowing the viewer to directly relate the experience to their own life, the objects to objects they have in their own home, the space to a space they might create, if they were in a similar circumstance of desperation.
I have been met with mixed reactions when I find the owners are home. Some are gracious and welcoming, while others are suspicious and wary. While all have listened to my ideas with curiosity and thoughtfulness, some have declined to have their home photographed. The stories that they tell are often harrowing, and they have many to tell. In a way I believe the structure they create represent their experiences as homeless, as well as the remaining shadows of the life they lived when they safely resided within the boundaries of society.
Prices are for unframed photographs
Limited edition of 20
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