Life on the Streets: Homeless in Pioneer Square



A few years ago I was looking to challenge myself as a photographer.  I tried to imagine a difficult subject and circumstance when I realized that I didn’t need to look any further than my own backyard.  It was the early part of the twenty-first century and I was living in Pioneer Square, Seattle: kind of hip, definitely seedy.  Everyday I passed by an almost invisible population–invisible because of the drugs and alcohol, the squalor, and the but-for-the-grace-of-God harshness of life (literally) on the streets–and I decided to open my eyes and take them in.  Here are a couple of images from the series and you can take a look at the complete photo essay and see how much or little things in Pioneer Square have changed since then.


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  1. Posted August 2, 2011 at 5:53 am by Dawn Keck Gilman | Permalink

    Great pictures showing the homeless as people, not just “the homeless”. We will be doing a week long medical assessment of homeless persons in Jacksonville in November and hope to capture real pictures of real people.

  2. Posted September 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm by Bob Grant | Permalink

    This blog and your site look great. Very nice work. Very interesting portraits.

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