walk quickly, head down @ Alzheimer's benefit

Lenny La Rue, IPA

Sacramento, United States

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Asleep while knitting.

On this day, like all others in my neighbourhood, the homeless come out from the nighttime ‘shelters’ where they are safe from predators once the daylight arrives. Unfortunately, being afraid all night that some idiot is going to come beat you senseless for no reason other than the fact that you don’t have a home or might have a dollar makes it hard to sleep. So, being in the public parks and sleeping during the day is safer. Sometimes, someone falls asleep while doing something. This woman nodded off while knitting, something I’ve never seen before.

And on this day, there was a fund raising walk for Alzheimer’s victims that made repeated loops around the park. People doing a good deed for a good cause walked by this woman as if she wasn’t there, not knowing if she had died or simply fallen asleep. All who saw her had the same look: walk by quickly, avert your eyes, and nobody will think you saw something you should care about and ignored it.

As always, my photography of the homeless attempts to bring attention to their condition without identifying them individually unless they agree to be photographed. And, as always, I attempt to pay them for their image but only as long as they are awake and aware of their added risk: having money on them that can be taken by force. I wasn’t able to pay this woman for she wouldn’t even have known I did so and I wasn’t about to awaken her from her relatively safe sleep. I went close enough to see that she was indeed asleep and took my pictures while embarrassed walkers passed.

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