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.

Around my neighborhood in Dallas, this image shows the living conditions of these men. It tells the story of what his daily routine looks like it represents all the hardship around him yet he is the story. He is an elder which helps aid the idea that he has lived a long life and that his current condition does not define what good he has done in the past.
This image shows an alley, at the square in San Marcos that has been decorated by many artist and it tells a story within a story. With the artwork we can view how anyone could’ve drawn on this wall yet no one was judged for doing so. No one judges about who did it or why they did it they simply admire the idea that it was created. They reflect on what is present before them not the past.
Back home in Dallas, around my church, is a group of children. It is seen how their life is well put together on the outside yet behind the photo I spent about 10 minutes trying to get the children to understand that all I wanted was a photo. It is seen how a picture may show one thing when in reality there is so much behind it.
I captured this photo of an abandoned house here in a neighborhood in San Marcos. This represents how a family or any person who lived in this house changed their story and now the house is just a memory. No one asks why the house is abandoned they simply accept the idea that it is and carry on with their days. It doesn’t matter to people why they accept what the world and people tell them to accept.
By the railroad tracks in San Marcos, are some abandoned shoes. Here we can view that someone left behind a part of who they were. Weather they lost it on accident or did it on purpose it was left behind. This shows how people leave and die but they leave a story and legacy and if no one notices them they are simply a vague memory.
I capture an image of an elderly couple taken here in San Marcos near a church. They symbolize the past and the present. They demonstrate life and living it happily but not always. There wrinkles show their suffering and pain yet they also show smiles and happiness. They show the struggles and joys of the past but also how they seek the future.
This is an image of a community. They are both young and old. You can see the past of the community and the future that is quickly growing. this is a photo taken back in my home Dallas. Everyone lives their life and no one questions anything that they wear or are doing. They have one goal in mind and that goal is what they are going to achieve.
This is an image of a community. They are both young and old. You can see the past of the community and the future that is quickly growing. this is a photo taken back in my home Dallas. Everyone lives their life and no one questions anything that they wear or are doing. They have one goal in mind and that goal is what they are going to achieve.

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.

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