Outcast in LA

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Glenn Frey has a song on his solo album entitled “I’ve Got Mine” about the morally bankrupt rich who have become that way at the expense of others.  And how they turn a blind eye to those who struggle (often as a result of their actions) and comfort themselves in knowing “I’ve got Mine.”

15 months back I set up a studio in a loft in Downtown LA.  Traveling to see clients I would often pass through a part of Los Angeles known as Skid Row. What I saw changed my view on the homeless considerably.

I saw people who are the outcasts of society, yet many have somehow managed to hold on to their pride, dignity and determination. A man who was sweeping the walk in front of his “home” (tent). And the man who came up too me and asked me not to photograph him. He said he had fallen on bad times, but still had hope he would change that.

It changed me. I went from thinking the homeless were low lifes and drug addicts to realizing that is not always true. Some simply made a mistake, some were squeezed beyond what they could endure in the crush of soaring rents and ever diminishing wages. I do believe that we are responsible for our own conditon, but I also believe that doing so includes being responsible for others too. We should not profit at the expense of others… we must also consider the impact of our actions on others if we are to survive.

While most drive through skid row with blinders on to the blight, I found a strange sort of beauty in it. I decided it was time to show this to the world. Confronting the problem, rather than pretending it does not exist is the first step to remedying it.