Photo Essay: A Thanksgiving Celebration of Homeless People
By Gilbert Mercier
NEWS JUNKIE POSTNov 25, 2015 at 11:44 am
Few words can express the misery of homelessness, and the despair of homeless people. Only images can provide a glimpse of this abject life. In all societies homeless people are invisible to most. This is precisely the reason which motivated me to take photographs of homeless people for more than three decades. The life of homeless people is more than harsh and precarious, it is almost unbearable. Homeless people have to shuffle like shadows in dark alleys, and dig through trash foraging for food to make it through another hellish night. In the urban street jungles, homeless must survive adverse weather, and fend off predators of all kinds including the police.
The photographs below are not pleasant, and they are not meant to be. All of us, anywhere in the world, should keep in mind that the fate of homeless people could become our own at any given time. We are all, to some extent, the accomplices of this silent crime of neglect. Imagine for a moment a life without a roof over your head, a life without any proper food or basic security, a life of hell on earth. In the criminal Orwellian construct of global disaster capitalism homelessness is spreading worldwide though wars. Once climate change’s impacts will reach a critical mass, nobody will be immune from it, not even the super-rich global elite. What have we done to ourselves, to the very essence of our humanity?
Editor’s Notes: All photographs by Gilbert Mercier.
- June 14, 2011 Homelessness: America’s Endemic Problem Is Becoming A Crisis
- December 25, 2012 Photographs: Celebrate Christmas by Helping Homeless Near You
- August 2, 2012 America’s Homeless in Photographs : Social Darwinism in Action
- November 25, 2010 Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Genocide of Native Americans
- November 24, 2011 Thanksgiving for What? 46.2 Million Americans Are Living in Poverty
- March 6, 2010 Homeless: The Invisible People Among Us