A Spotlight On The Homeless
Today I'm taking a quick trip to one of my favorite cities in the US, Los Angeles. I'm heading up there to protect some of my talent clients' rights from unscrupulous businesses that like to steal their image and likeness for their advertising.
As I write this blog, I'm on a plane about 35,000 feet in the sky. The more I travel and see the world around me, the more I desire to help those in need in whatever way I can, even if its simply to bring attention to their plight. For some time now, I've been wanting to work on a series of photographs focused on those unfortunate souls who have lost their their homes for whatever reason - the homeless. Not too long ago, I went from having a nice "cush" life in sunny San Diego as a coming-of-age attorney to nearly losing everything. As George Strait once said, I was one step away from "the poor house".
As you can imagine, obtaining an accurate count on the percentage of people on the streets is almost an impossibility. However, there are a few figures floating around. In 2016, the National Alliance On Homelessness (NAOH) issued its annual report "The State Of Homelessness In America". NAOH reported that on one night in 2015, there were approximately half a million Americans on the street (they surveyed shelters nationwide). While there was an overall decrease in the nationwide rate of homelessness (in 18 states), the rates are holding steady and or climbing everywhere else. As a military veteran myself, the saddest statistic to me is that 47,725 of those 1/2 million (or about 8% of the homeless population) are veterans.
My sincere wish is to bring awareness to this the national pandemic of homelessness, and in no way are these photographs meant to exploit the homeless; in fact, I'd never sell any of the photos, I would however, donate them to vetted organizations, like NAOH, that are devoted to the cause. This photography blog will kick that series off. If you are moved by this series of photographs and the stories of the people behind them, please consider donating your time and money to the cause. Of the homeless I got to speak to, I was really moved by "Gary". His story is below. At a minimum, next time you see a homeless person, share a meal with them. according to Gary: "they will appreciate it more than money." Click on this link to Take Action.