On Thursday, July 14, I went to the Carriage House with Mary Beth Lagerborg, a new writer for the project. We met Joy at about 10:45 am and almost immediately had people wanting to tell their stories of homelessness, resilience, recovery and redemption. It was outstanding to have so many that wanted to participate.
Our parade was rained upon, though. Quite literally, the skies opened with great deluge and, although I can photograph in most situations, asking people to stand in a downpour doesn't make for great portraiture. This caused challenges with getting photographs and interviews together before people had to get to the bus for the ride to work, or off to other appointments. And, as a result, we lost a couple of participants.
After photographing and interviewing one of our subjects on Thursday, she asked that her photograph not be used. Since she is dealing with domestic violence and fears for her safety, her request is quite understandable. However, since this is a book of portrait photography it is difficult to reconcile including her compelling story into the book without a corresponding photograph. We are still trying to sort this one out.
We have had a challenge finding a representative of that very important component the homeless population - the victim of domestic violence - to participate in this project. If you know of anyone in this situation, or someone that has come through it and would be willing to be involved in the project, please let me know.
Of the six homeless people (including two people from one family) and one writer that I photographed on Thursday, here is the image of Dizzy Wind. Dizzy is a musician from Milwaukee who plays in the Boulder area. Marsha Perlman will reach out to Dizzy to write his story.