There are more than 500,000 homeless individuals in the United States. About ten percent of those without homes are veterans.
Many underprivileged persons are overlooked and counted as less than human in the land of the free and home of the brave.
One photographer is hoping to change that.
Aaron Draper has begun a photo series called Underexposed that seeks to shed light, literally, on California’s homeless population.
The photographer takes lit color portraits of individuals who call the streets their homes, and in the process, gives them a ray of hope.
They feel a little less neglected.
A little more recognized.
They are a bit more optimistic.
And a little less destitute.
Many forget that homeless individuals are humans too.
They have dreams just like the average individual with a home.
The only difference between the displaced and settled is fate.
Aaron Draper seeks to bring that concept to the forefront with his new campaign.
He hopes to shed a bit of positive light on societal outcasts and, in so doing, offer the privileged a different perspective.
Some activists place emphasis on the desolation associated with homelessness.
Aaron Draper focuses on the faith that comes with looking up.