Photographer Aaron Anderson captures the pride, dignity and beauty of those experiencing homelessness in Colorado Springs in a series of photos that will challenge the way you think about this marginalized group of people. With this exhibition, we hope to move a marginalized group of people from the periphery into focus.
About the subjects
Each of the individuals photographed was experiencing homelessness and receiving services at Springs Rescue Mission at the time of the photo shoot (March, 2016). Like 70 percent of our community’s homeless population, many of the subjects’ last address was in Colorado Springs. Some grew up here, played sports at Palmer High School, buried loved ones in Evergreen Cemetery, or raised their children in the shadow of Pikes Peak.
Each of the subjects participated voluntarily and shared parts of his or her story with the photographer.
People on the Periphery
Loves the Turkey Club from Subway
Sleeps with her two cats, Socks and Boots—in her minivan
Just discovered she’s pregnant with twins
Loved his mom’s strawberry shortcake
Lost his 13-year-old son Richard to cancer
Worked with sheet metal before his knee surgery in 2010
Wonders if he machined the pins in his wrists
Went to Palmer high school
Served in the 461 Air Defense at Fort Carson
Used to hitch-hike around the country in the “hippie days”
Was brought to the U.S. from South Korea by his adoptive father,
Who beat him for speaking his native language