According to a recent report of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are currently more than 550,000 homeless people in the U.S. In New York City, more than 63,000 people are sleeping in shelters every night, a number that almost doubled over the past decade.

Still Lives questions a society that enables the phenomenon of homelessness to exist and perpetuate. It does so not by portraying homeless people but rather by creating large-format still life photographs of objects and belongings of homeless and formerly homeless people with whom I have collaborated. Referencing the rich tradition of still life paintings, the images intend to spark a critical dialogue about materialism, how we value objects and human beings, and how perceptions could be challenged. This is a work-in-process.
Untitled (boat, chain and bible) Untitled (bottles and gloves) Untitled (climate chaos) Untitled (cart and house) Untitled (notebook, money, cards, hand fan and keys) Untitled (instruments) Untitled (the homeless poet) Untitled (paintings and brushes) Untitled (stars and frame)