The inspiration for this project came from the people I met on the streets in Olympia, Washington and dovetails with theThurston County Homeless Censuswho I've worked with to generate photos of Olympia's homeless population. As of January 2018 there were 763 unsheltered people counted in Olympia and shelters were full beyond capacity.
I've met a lot of people throughout this project. Click on each portrait below to read what they had to say...
Photographing people as they slept was part of the census assignment. We often have cold rainy nights.
Many people that spend the night on the streets downtown are alone...
This project heightened my awareness of the homeless population, taking me to places I’ve never been before like the kitchen at the Salvation Army and the Union Gospel Mission—both of which were crammed with people.