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Homeless Encampment

By handlerstudio  
Dear Friends...my sojourn with Spain on EPZ, which lasted far, far longer than the trip did is over. Thanks for all who viewed, voted on, and awarded this long series of photos. And time for new work.

Philadelphia, where I live, has the highest poverty rate of any major city in this country....and one of the ways it is reflected in the life of our city is a large homeless population...which of course is now tying in with the political consciousness following the murder of George Floyd by the police (along with countless other black people murdered by police...and other white people). A group of homeless people have created this encampment on the Ben Franklin Parkway, about 2 blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of art. I visited it a few weeks ago, and spent a fair time talking with people living there....who as a group, asked not to be photographed. Which I respected....it is about where they are living, how they are living, and what comes from it. Here are some photos from the encampment...including their generator (to keep devices charged), sun shower, and a variety of approaches to their tent/homes.

Peter



Tags: Photo journalism Philadelphia Tents Homeless people Homeless encampment

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taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
8 Jul 2020 2:13AM
I am impressed--by their garden!
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
8 Jul 2020 2:31AM
An interesting set.
8 Jul 2020 5:56AM
A sign/signs, of our times, Peter.
Mike
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 165 16 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2020 10:38AM
A very interesting set PeterSmileSmile

Cliff
8 Jul 2020 10:52AM
Interesting set of images
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1699 England
8 Jul 2020 11:05AM
Definitely interesting, and your pictures show that homeless people are not as they are often portrayed. Organised, taking care of themselves and each other.

That they have to do this in supposedly advanced societies brings shame on the rest of us. That the police are one of the problems, so often, and not a protection for all is abominable. This is not, I think, the society that our parents and grandparents fought a World War for.

We need to do much, much better. Thank you Peter: possibly your most important images on this site since I've known you.
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2020 4:16PM
A sad image of the times Peter, though they do look fairly organised.
Peter
EMJAYCEE Plus
11 10 10 England
8 Jul 2020 4:37PM
A world wide problem Peter.
Joan
8 Jul 2020 9:48PM
Great but sad images and informative description, the U.S. is the richest country in the world yet has this.
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
8 Jul 2020 10:23PM
A very revealing set of the issues faced by these forgotten citizens of your country Peter , excellent documentation.
Ian
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2020 12:07AM
Beautiful work,
Isabel GrinGrin
9 Jul 2020 12:42AM

Quote:Definitely interesting, and your pictures show that homeless people are not as they are often portrayed. Organised, taking care of themselves and each other.

That they have to do this in supposedly advanced societies brings shame on the rest of us. That the police are one of the problems, so often, and not a protection for all is abominable. This is not, I think, the society that our parents and grandparents fought a World War for.

We need to do much, much better. Thank you Peter: possibly your most important images on this site since I've known you.



Thank you John....I do my best to try to bring meaning to my photos. I faced a choice when I went to college....study political science, and ultimately use politics to try to change the world, or study photography...would have been at RIT in Rochester, NY. For better or worse...I chose the former. My one big "what if" in life. Given my left wing--then and now-- politics....I would have been a photo journalist. Once in a while....I get a chance.

Peter
10 Jul 2020 7:36PM
Sad to find out about Phillies homeless situation ... certainly bound to get worse
due to Covid virus fallout. One of the positives I take away from your set is all the people wearing masks , I was impressed to see that. They are Far smarter than all those unmasked people we see at Trumps rallies! Wonderful photo journalism Peter ,
and I agree wholeheartedly with John ((Dudlers comments on your work)
Best regards
Walt

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