Normally I would shoot an urban setting in color but as I took photos and started feeling the sadness of Skid Row wash over me; I knew it had to be monochrome. Regardless of the fact that I was carrying close to a thousand dollars in photo equipment, no one attempted to give me any problems. In fact all but a few were receptive to my camera. The others mainly just didn’t want to be photographed.
Skid Row was an interesting place. There was a marketplace where people sold candy, cigarettes and more. Some people would look out for their neighbors tent if they left the area. It was quite interesting to observe the sense of community in such a disenfranchised area.
The next time a homeless person approaches you, remember that they are a person too. There situation could also be yours. Take it from someone who knows, being homeless is not easy.