The inspiration for this project came simply from meeting people on the streets. This work 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 had particularly poignant encounters with the people below. Click on each portrait to read about the experience.
Photographing people as they sleep is difficult, representing a cold, hard truth.
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.