Tell A Story: Secrets Hidden in your Backyard
Every person has their own story and each one is different in its own way. We all know and love the infamous quote “a picture is worth a million words”. Well for me it is more of “a face can tell many stories”. I am the kind of person that believes that there is good in the world. Along with the idea that every person has had a past and is yet to discover their future. Although this is true many people still seem to be judged by their physical appearance, personality, at times even their living conditions. According to Mary Cunningham and Meghan Henry “In January 2005, an estimated 744,313 people experienced homelessness. 56 percent of homeless people counted were living in shelters and transitional housing and, shockingly, 44 percent were unsheltered”. At times many judge the homeless because of what sign they may be holding, how they act, and overall their physical appearance. If they look descent then they don’t appear as homeless and if they act un-normal then we shouldn't help them. It is almost as if we stereotype every person we come across. Yet, no one knows their story, no one takes time to get to know who they are on the inside. This is the part that intrigues me the most. I want to know what story lies behind the pain in their eyes, the wrinkles on their foreheads, the roughness in their hair. I want to know them for who they are not who I fandom to think they are. Written in the Journal of Urban Economics “More than 19 percent of people in American central cities are poor”. In other words people that you may encounter on a daily basis may appear to have their life together on the outside but, on the inside they may be broken and falling apart. I want to know those people I want to capture their emotions and feel what they feel. With this photo essay I want to show and express the emotion that individuals go through. I will include pictures of people, where they live, and community. I want to show people to love and acknowledge everyones story and who they are as humans.
As time goes by people add more and more to their stories. Although this happens many don’t share their stories and instead put on a mask to show the world that their stories are indeed perfect. Many seem to hide the pain and trials any human goes through in life they just life their lives. I want to know peoples stories, I want to see the aging in their faces, the tears in their eyes, the laughs and giggles through their day. Just let everyone see who they are on the inside, who they think or want to be. Everyone seems so caught up on reflecting on thing on the outside they don’t reflect on what they feel on the inside. I want to learn about your story I want to have part in it. I want people to write their stories and not be afraid to share them.
Cunningham, Mary, and Meghan Henry. “Homelessness Counts — MyScienceWork.” MyScienceWork. N.p., 10 Jan. 2007. Web. 05 Dec. 2016.
Gaeler Edward L., Mathew E. Khan, and Jordan Rappaport. “Why Do the Poor Live in Cities? The Role of Public Transportation ☆.” Why Do the Poor Live in Cities? The Role of Public Transportation. Elsevier, 12 June 2010. Web. 05 Dec. 2016.