I live in a house with 4 walls, a roof, and utilities. In January of 2019, I was traveling back and forth through West Berkeley noticing the increasing number of houseless people living on the streets. Tents, boxes, RVs, plastic tarps, sleeping bags are homes—just ones vulnerable to the elements, violence, and hasty eviction. Feeling like a prying observer I started photographing. I was impressed by the ingenuity of shelter building and ways of moving house and hoped my voyeurism would benefit some understanding of a difficult situation. Being houseless in Berkeley seemed to be just a small local fragment of the many migrations occurring globally.
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