Every day, as I walk across downtown Chicago, I see countless people living and working on the street. Some are selling Streetwise, some are flat out asking for money. I don’t like to give money on the street (who knows what it’s really being spent on, right?), but I got to wondering what else I could do to help these people out in the larger sense.
I thought about gathering stories from these people I see day in and day out. I’m probably a little too shy for that, though. So I’ve started taking their pictures as an in-between sort of step. Maybe I’ll work up the gumption to start conversations as I go along. My goal with this project is to portray both the humanity and the individuality of a group that is so often seen as one dirty, huddled, anonymous mass. I’ll post updates as I go along, of course. In the meantime, here’s one from the other day to get started.
The rest are in this photoset, also on Flickr.