Regardless if you live in a house, apartment, condo, car or out on the streets you are a human that thinks, feels and loves. Unfortunately, the homeless are often seen as ‘others,’ different somehow than people who live under a roof. In reality they are the same as you and I, just living a life full of different circumstances and situations.
Socially aware photographer Aaron Draper takes vibrant color portraits of the homeless in California to remind the world they are humans with a heart and soul too. The California-native is a social activist working to document the homeless in a way that is “as visually appealing as possible in a society that is visually demanding.” He calls his social project the Underexposed series.
In Draper’s own words, “When something is underexposed, it means it’s lacking light; there are few details in the shadows.” Draper’s goal is to bring homeless people out of the shadows so the greater population can better understand their plight.
“I use lighting as a way to interest the viewer in the subjects shown in Underexposed.” Draper also uses lighting to better illuminate his subjects, “Bringing them into the light and out of the shadows for others to view and appreciate.”