Have you ever met a person experiencing homelessness? Have you ever spoken to someone you see on the street who may be homeless? You may have seen people with signs, or perhaps been approached for money, but have you ever had a conversation and heard their stories? Everyone has a story. Recently I went under the Interstate Bridge in New Orleans and took these pictures of some of the people we met. These pictures provide an interesting perspective on what it is like to be without a home and living on the streets.
Surrounded by everything he owns. If you could only own what you could carry with you, what would you keep?
This guy slept through the whole thing. Many people make their own beds, have tents, or at least bundles of blankets, but this person doesn’t have any of those things, he just sleeps when and where he can.
This guy is entertaining the crowd by singing a hymn. He has a beautiful voice! Many people on the streets grew up in church and know scriptures. They still have their faith and they use it every day.
Here are some green alligators carved by Ricky. His wife is with him, but she didn’t want her picture taken.
Experiencing Homelessness – Pictures of a day in the life of homeless people in New Orleans
Some people have tents they are living in. These guys are not at home at present. They are probably working. Many homeless people do work, but they don’t have good credit or the other credentials they need to get an apartment. Or their jobs are temporary.
These guys were enjoying each other’s company and some of the food that was brought to them. There are always more smiles than people expect to see – you can find joy everywhere.
This guy used to be a football player for LSU and in the pros. He’s hoping to receive a coaching job soon. He said we all make some decisions that take us on paths where we wouldn’t have expected to go.
This little guy’s momma is sleeping in her truck. He was starting to miss her and she woke up to take care of him. I didn’t take her picture because she was just waking up.
There is a community among homeless people. Here are some neighbors talking with one another. Their belongings are around them, but the belongings behind the post belong to people who aren’t there, and others are watching their possessions while they are at work.
There were a lot of people milling about, handing out food, visiting, and even singing songs, but this person was just catching some ZZZs.
This is James. I asked if I could take his picture, and he said yes, if I would show it to the President. I said I’d do my best.
Making A Home. This person didn’t want his pictures taken, but he allowed me to take a picture of the bedroom he created for himself under the Interstate Bridge.