It has been said that all people were created equal whether that has been said in faith or in law, all people deserve the same amount of respect and rights. This may be a true statement, but it isn’t one that I believe we can see reflected in the world around us. We live in a society that uses and abuses people to a point that it puts things off balance. In order for wealth to exist, there is poverty. Chicago, the third largest city in the United States, has a large population of people who experience this imbalance. Most especially are the people who do not have a place to call home, clothes on their back and food in their stomach, the homeless population of Chicago. Passing By Project was created to study homelessness in Chicago whether its looking at those who are being affected by it or those who are doing their part to change it. This project encompasses a few different artistic formats such as podcasts, videos and photo essays that looked at homelessness.
In these images, my classmate and I were attempting to capture those being passed by on the streets of Chicago. In fact, these images were captured in one of the most populated and expensive shopping districts in the entire city. These photos look to capture this on-going issue in this city with two different classes of people clashing. Unlike the statement of all people being treated equal, these images capture how an entire group of people are ignored and passed by. They are not given the same respect as other because of their economic status. What brings hope to this essay however, are the youth that were captured, the youth that have yet to let life’s burdens prevent them from seeing the world as it is. As their parents push on and ignore these human beings sitting on the ground asking for change, these youths are intrigued with curiosity and give attention to them. Now I ask, can you or will you have this same curiosity and treat those around you with the same level of respect?