Black Days presentation in Medford, OR. February 10, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church of Medford, Jazz Vespers.
Here is a short video and text of the presentation for Black Days.
Black Days – Portrait Photography Homeless in Medford.
This series of portraits were shot in Medford over several months in 2018.
What makes Medford any different than any town or city in the United States? Well…nothing. That was the point. I could shoot photos in Kansas City, Los Angeles or Seattle. Medford might be a small town in Southern Oregon, but shares the same crisis that is continuously worsening across not only the Pacific Northwest, but the whole United States.
The series also has a very personal connection. My younger brother, Chad, was homeless and on the street. His story did not end well. The timing of these photos is also a tribute to my brother and 2018 would have been my his 47th birthday. I do miss him.
I had a chance to talk and photograph some amazing people. Survivors. These people have a past, an unfortunate present and with hope, empathy and help a future.
All the proceeds from these photographs go directly to The Bridge. The Bridge offers a long- term housing solution for the homeless. To make a Donation to The Bridge buy a print or buy them all.
Special thanks to The First Presbyterian Church of Medford, Robin, Angelee and Pastor Richmond for the encouragement to start this project and the compassionate, committed work you do.