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Photographer Shows Homeless In A New Light To Remind Us They're People Too.


Aaron Draper takes lit color portraits of California's homeless. The California native and social activist strives to make street-persons "as visually appealing as possible" in his Underexposed series. After all, things which are not pretty are often overlooked.
"Steinbeck has influenced me and informed my view of the world," Draper explains on his website. "In Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath, I was introduced to a philosophy regarding society, about economic disparity and Steinbeck's efforts to shed light on the problems of the poor in our society. Steinbeck hoped to bring about societal change, just as I hope to enable people to gain a more humane view of the homeless."
According to endhomelessness.org, there were 578,424 homeless individuals in the US in 2014. Of those, 177,373 "lived in a place not meant for human habitation such as the street or an abandoned building"; about 50,000 of those 578,424 are homeless veterans.
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"The goal of Underexposed is to make the homeless as visually appealing as possible in a society that is visually demanding"


"When it comes to social activism, you achieve greater public awareness by communicating hope as opposed to hopelessness"


"I use lighting as a way to interest the viewer in the subjects shown in Underexposed"


 "And that gives me hope"


"When something is underexposed, it means it's lacking light; there are few details in the shadows"


"Using a strobe helps illuminate my subjects, bringing them into the light and out of the shadows for others to view and appreciate"


"If I'm able to affect the way that one person views the homeless, I will have considered my series a success"











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