This is Pam

Another installment of The Invisible Ones of Washington, DC.

This is Pam

Pam is a woman who has been living on the streets of Washington, DC without shelter for at least the last five years. Her memory seems to be fading so having a conversation with her was difficult. She was agreeable to allowing me to make this photograph in return for a monetary donation. The idea of being one of the Invisible Ones did cause her to smile in this photo. If you see or know someone like Pam on the street, stop and say hello. Even a small kindness such as that will be appreciated and allow them to feel less invisible.

This is Lynette

Another installment of The Invisible Ones of Washington, DC

This is Lynette

This is Lynette

I met Lynette on a residential street in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC. She wasn’t panhandling, just sitting on a bench. As I walked by, I said good morning as I do with most everyone I meet. Lynette was quite surprised that I spoke to her and engaged me in a conversation. Her question to me was, “why would someone of substance speak to someone who had none.” I must admt in all the years that I have been making street portraits of the homeless, I have never been called “a person of substance.” I said as much to Lynete who laughed uproariously and said that compared to her I had substance. This allowed me to engage Lynette in a conversation about the Invisible Ones Project. She readily ageed to allow me to shoot his portrait and include it in the project. I compensated her for her time and moved on.