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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Make Believe: All Hallows’ Eve

 

 

Cindy Sherman meets Diane Arbus meets Alfred Hitchcock…meet my girlfriend

Halloween night, before the trick or treaters rang our bell, and before the sun had set, a fog rose up from the green field across the street from our house. I arrived home and walked in to find my darling (thespian that she is) all dressed up, carving knife in hand, struggling with two enormous pumpkins. Instead of running in fear, my heart surged and I grabbed my camera, and my sweet fiend’s hand heading out into the dusk to shoot. Using the last amount of light available, I shot my honey as she called upon her inner demons while a character emerged from her costume, the charged atmosphere and the ghouls just beginning to teem through our neighborhood streets hoping for a fright–but they thought that they were going to scare us.

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Into the Wild with Gregg Snodgrass

Be sure to come back next week for the launch of my blog–it’s going to be wild!

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