Sunday, May 04, 2008

This is not art

This is not Tracey Emin

This is not an installation.

This is the affordable housing crisis.

Underpass, Brunswick. May 2008

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Blogger Lucy said...

Just broke mine, too.

12:41 pm  
Blogger LisaPal said...

So it's a crisis over there, too? Here's what it looks like over here, in my city.

6:47 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

This is run of the mill ridiculously high rent, high mortgages, inflation and rental occupancy at almost 100% - accommodation crisis. I found this guy's 'home' heart breakingly poigant yet surreal too.

6:59 pm  
Blogger Ann O'Dyne said...

I'm homeless, and have managed to get myself into housesitting.
It's easy to say "you could live with friends"
but the reality of that is another thing.

Several government departments absolutely cannot cope with 'no fixed address', so I smirk when I read about their supposed efforts to 'help' homeless people.

Your photos are very touching. The person is clearly making an effort.
I wonder if any observers leave a note offering their spare room?

8:04 am  
Blogger grocer said...

I wasn't going to comment on this. I thought it was a poignant post, and said a little thank you to my lucky stars.

But since first seeing this post it has come back to haunt me several times. The images floating by my head during Denton, or any number of current issues.

Perhaps the most striking thing about it for me, is the level of apparent dignity some people are able to maintain even though their up against the odds.

Thank you for sharing this.

7:36 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Thanks Grocer. I too have thought about him (the shoes and coat make me think it is a he) many times this week. Creating order out of disorder. Dignity, yes. His home is not on my everyday route but I feel the need to keep an eye out for him.

8:07 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Update: Last week I met someone who cycles past this man's 'home' regularly. I nice young man from all accounts, who will sometimes shout out if you are whizzing past his bed particularly late at night.

Alive and as well as can be expected.

10:05 pm  

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