A note on photographing the homeless:
It has been said to photograph the homeless is cowardly and lazy. I say censorship is cowardly and lazy, as is the refusal to question the state of one's society. It has been said that photographing those down on their luck is exploitive. I say, in a capitalistic society, what is not? And, it has been said that the only photographs worth taking are those which capture a unique, rare, or interesting subject or moment in time, and that homelessness is nothing more than common, universal and timeless. I ask, how does the pursuit of rarity compare to the state of the pursuit of happiness and equality amongst all? And, is it more accurate to label societal complacency 'lazy and cowardice', than a general awareness and documentation of one's culture? They say those who photograph those laying in the street are dead beats, and I say possibly. But, that maybe it takes a dead beat to sacrifice one ethic for another, while others are too shackled by fear of judgment to perceive, contemplate, and in turn express with impunity.
They say the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, and with this I agree. They call this the land of opportunity, and with this I also agree, to a degree, as opportunity is racially, culturally, sexually, geographically, and socially relative. Something I refuse to agree with is censorship of any kind, especially the censorship of the state of the American birth right of equality amongst all women and men. To document is not undignified, to say so is to risk sacrificing the dignity of the past and the future, as well as the moment. I understand the challenge of capturing a "worthwhile" moment, but I can not support a hierarchal need to repress the obvious. No matter how common it may have become to suppress, ignore, or turn a blind eye to the state of this nation and humanity at large, this dead beat sustains hope that the ideal that 'all are equal before the lens of man's eye', becomes a reality.