Homeless in a Land of Plenty

Throughout 2017, I will be traveling around the county documenting homelessness.  My objective is to tell the stories of some of America’s homeless, with the hope that these first-hand accounts woven together will help explain the many and varied reasons why people become homeless. Hopefully, these stories will also reveal what the homeless must do to cope, and show how many are able, almost always with help, to reestablish themselves.  

As a photographer, my second objective is to illustrate the realities of homeless life, for those living on the streets, in shelters, in transitional housing, or with family or friends.  I will seek to picture homeless life honestly and accurately, but also to portray the hope and dignity of persons who are currently homeless. 

My wife, Cheri, and I moved from Vero Beach, Florida to Santa Fe, New Mexico in June of 2014.  I began my journalism career as a photographer. More recently, I have enjoyed landscape and wildlife photography. My landscape work is shown in the Amoré Gallery in Taos, New Mexico, and is available online at http://www.schumannphoto.com.

Mark Schumann