“The Bum Project”

This project was a hybrid between photography and sociological experiment. I began as wanting to document the reactions of sheltered and often naive Penn Staters when confronted with homelessness–a very real problem in our country which somehow has been kept out of State College entirely. As I shot, I discovered that the more interesting reaction was that of my actor. The reaction he had to being viewed as a homeless person, with all the social implications of the title, was more deep and beautiful than I could have imagined.

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