Op-Ed: Street dreams: The inner life of homelessness
On Sundays, when the city is quiet, I talk to military veterans, drug addicts and those who are simply too poor to afford housing. I ask them what they desire, what they dream about, what they hope for the future. In my art work, I try to capture this inner life.
I met Birdman under a bridge in Silver Lake, where he’d lived for 20 years. I built him a living room, and then people began to ask to take his picture. Within a week, he shaved and cut his hair for the first time in a decade. Soon after that, he went to a non-profit to get help. Now he lives in supportive housing.
But I’m not a social worker or a drug counselor. I’m an artist who wants people to see their community as it really is.
“Birdman” (Under the 101 Freeway at Alvarado Street, Silver Lake)
(Photo, concept and art direction by Skid Robot.)
“J.W.” (under the 4th Street Bridge, Arts District)
(Photo by Khristian D. Berrio. Concept and art direction by Skid Robot.)
“Kiki and Tyrone” (5th Street and Crocker Street, Skid Row)
(Photo by Michael Jaffe. Concept and art direction by Skid Robot.)
“Thanksgiving 2014" (4th Street and Alameda Street, Arts District)
(Photo by Aaron Bridges. Concept and art direction by Skid Robot.)
See more of Skid Robot’s work here.
MORE FROM OPINION
A cure for the common opinion
Get thought-provoking perspectives with our weekly newsletter.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.