My primary focus is photographing people and capturing a mutuality that cuts through race, gender, class and diversity. This collective intuitiveness is revealed through gesture—head tilted upward; hands hovering over a mouth or tightly clasped while smiling sweetly. I've sought out subjects and venues that address these concerns.
In the Presence of Women: Shelter Living grows out of a concern for the homeless crisis of women who are economically disadvantaged and its relationship to mental illness and drug abuse. As a professional photographer, I have been photographing and teaching digital photography to women in Brooklyn shelters. My portraits capture the complexity and instability connected to shelter living. In my classes, I learn how these women cope with their disabilities and struggle to recreate their lives. Along side of this, in writing class, they write poems that further express these issues.
These women are subjects calling on us—the observers—to consider our relationship with them and ponder the dichotomy between subject and viewer. These are women, who, despite their circumstances, have the same dreams and aspirations as everyone.
Tatiana, from In the Presence of Women: Living in Shelter
Sheryl, from In the Presence of Women: Living in Shelter
Theresa, from In the Presence of Women: Living In Shelter
Mary, from In the Presence of Women: Living in Shelter
Sally, from In the Presence of Women: Living in Shelter