Jesse Rogers

Street Photography

Street Photography

One of my father's many philanthropic ventures is a soup kitchen and shelter organization called Lighthouse Christian Ministries. Having helped my dad with the media and creative for his nonprofit exposed me to a lot of homeless people, who I found to be fascinating. When I moved to Seattle, I noticed the hundreds of people who would walk by the homeless and pretend they didn't exist. I thought, that must be tough, to be indirectly told you don't exist thousands of times a day.

I got into the habit of chatting with them, getting to know their story, how they became homeless, and what life was like before homelessness. They all had amazing stories and most were actually very kind, sharp people who didn't get into substance abuse until after they lost their homes.

When I have the time, I'll go back with my camera and some lights and shoot a professional portrait of them, and later bring them a print — a tangible reminder that they do exist.