When I saw this task I knew exactly what I was going to do. As I always was interested in this subject, I decided to focus on homelessness and how homeless people are neglected by society. For most people, when they hear about this topic or walk by a homeless person, their first reaction is to judge them, as they do with everything else. They look at them thinking – “brilliant, another person asking for money”, but they never ask themselves, let alone ask the homeless person that they walk by, what happened with them that they ended up that way, what’s their story ? Everyone is asking why don’t they get a job, when everyone knows it is hard to get one when a diploma, let alone without one and everyone is looking down at them, like they are a different species, when the fact is that they are people just like us, but whose story didn’t had a happy beginning and in most cases won’t have a happy ending. I myself did the same thing when photographing John, a guy that sleeps on the stairs of a building near the place I live. The first thing that I did when I took the photograph of him, was to take it standing up and looking down at him and after seeing that photo I realized that this is the way everybody sees him.
The biggest problem is that if you go online and type the word ‘homeless’ you’ll find thousands of images of homeless people and articles about the number of homeless people growing, about them being a problem to society and even a few pages created to help them and all of this is virtual, no one is doing anything in reality, to help them. At first everybody was just looking down at them, then they became a problem to the society and everyday they become more and more neglected, because people don’t do anything to help them, but they are wondering why are there so many.
Inspired by the work of Corinne Vionnet, Photo Opportunities, where she put together images of well-known monuments taken by tourists, to create one image, I decided to create a series in which to show how we are neglecting these homeless people and how we ignore them day by day until we will end up forgetting about their existence. I was inspired more by the technique used by Corinne Vionnet, so I looked up on the internet at the photos of homeless people and how they are represented and on the same page of images with homeless people there were a few images with business people and then I imagined how I would do the final images and how they would look.
So I created a series of three photographs by taking images from the internet and putting them together, that show how homeless people are neglected by the society more and more everyday, ending up one day, with the society forgetting about their existence.