Medium: Photograph printed on aluminum, framed
Dimensions: 20" h x 26" w x 2"d (Framed)
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I'M THE LESSER OF THE TWO
Upon gazing at this scene during a walk in Miami Beach I had two simultaneous thoughts:
Thought #1 Reading is a privilege. Privilege is only afforded to people of means, even modest ones. Therefore, reading must be indicative of means.
Thought #2 Homeless people cannot be intelligent or literate. They only derive pleasure from vices such as alcohol and drugs. The concerns of homeless people are limited to locating food, seeking shelter and feeding their addictions.
When I saw this gentleman so deeply engrossed in reading that he didn’t even notice me, I was stunned. This was not the picture of homelessness as I understood it. Furthermore, to witness a homeless man engaged in an activity such as reading made him human in a way that I had never considered before. How could this stereotype-breaking image be possible? And how could I have let my desire for comfort-of-mind supersede my recognition of fellow human beings?
And that's when I knew I was the lesser of the two.