Photographer Shows Homeless In A Literally New Light To Remind Us They’re Also Human
Anyone can and everyone will take black-and-white portraits of the homeless. But Aaron Draper wants to bring color into their portraits with his Underexposed series. Inspired by the works on Steinbeck, ithas a simple premise: to take beautiful, well lit portraits of the homeless.
So instead of misery enhanced by a lack of color, you get hopeful people, possessing dignity and detail, looking straight at the camera, powerful despite their social standing. It shows thoseinhabiting the margins of society in a beautiful light.
“Steinbeck has influenced me and informed my view of the world. 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,” Draper wrote on his website. “Steinbeck hoped to bring about societal change, just as I hope to enable people to gain a more humane view of the homeless.”