According to endhomelessness.org, there were 578,424 homeless people in the United States in 2014. Of those, 177,373 “lived in a place not intended for human habitation such as the street or an abandoned building”; about 50,000 of those 578,424 are homeless veterans.
Aaron Draper takes lit color portraits of California’s homeless. The California native and social activist strives to make street-individuals “as visually appealing as possible” in his Underexposed series. In spite of everything, things which are not lovely are often overlooked.
He was influenced by Steinbeck on his view of the word where he hoped to bring about societal change, just as he hope to allow people to gain a more humane view of the homeless.”
“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”