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One year ago, photographer Michael Myers and I spent a cold day photographing the homeless camps along Fountain and Monument Creeks in Colorado Springs. We were interested in documenting the conflicting aesthetics of the temporary dwellings, which sheltered many homeless—a part of our community whose lives are seldom seen beyond the street corners—during last year’s bitter winter. For many people, the structures were an ugly visual reminder of the deepening recession. But there was also a careful beauty to many of the structures in the camp and an evident order to life there that spoke to the universal human need for a balance of community, privacy and dignity.

 

One Response to Looking Back at the Homeless Camps a Year Later

  1. barbara steiner says:

    ironic: America “the beautiful” park with homeless camps* before it
    *not totally ‘un-beautiful’

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