Untitled Statement

Cornelius Young. 34. Dallas, TX

Cornelius Young. 34. Dallas, TX

Untitled 

This project is untitled as of now. When we look at other people as being less than we are it damages who we are as a culture and perpetuates fear and hatred. My work is made to help us see each other as humans again. It's about taking away judgment and putting yourself in another persons shoes. If we can all see each other as another human with all the same flaws, fears, and emotions perhaps this would be a good start to lessening the hate we see everyday. In the richest country in the world homelessness is still a huge issue. Many people look down on the homeless population believing that they are somehow sub-human. These people, these humans deserve respect. Many of them are battling addiction, mental illness, or fleeing domestic violence and need help not resentment. In this work I switched the roles of who is looking down on who to both literally and figuratively change the socioeconomically roles of the viewer and the subject. My process is a collaboration and I ask the them to “Look at me the way people look at you.” The photographs depict expressions of pity, sadness, and love along with looks of mistrust, fear, disgust, and anger. My hope is that these images make people fell uneasy and question themselves and how they look at and treat homeless people they interact with.