Friday, September 19, 2008
Many times, when I'm out taking pictures, I run into homeless people. Their circumstances always make me sad and leave me wondering how, in the most prosperous nation in the world, we have people living on the streets. I find it especially ironic in Washington. The other day, I ran across this gentleman. He was asleep on a ventilation grate near the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Red Cross Museum. In the winter, homeless people rig makeshift tents over these grates out of sheets and blankets and sleep in them at night to stay warm.
This photo commences my 100 Strangers series, wherein I'll be asking 100 strangers if I can take their picture and hear their story. I didn't get this gentleman's story as I didn't want to wake him, but I have no doubt it would have been one full of hardship and sadness.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 09/08