Artist and Photographer Bootsy Holler is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography. These images are from her project ‘Shelter‘. To see Bootsy’s body of work click on any image.
I was invited into this women’s shelter for a few nights and spent time photographing the women and then the beds as they waited for night to come. The women told me stories about themselves, their hardships, and there one missed step that spiraled them down. I realized how little it takes to change the course of one’s life, and how hard it can be to get back on track. These photos, of the women and beds show a sliver of life when you are homeless.
In the basement of the nondescript building the beds line up in a grid. You are allowed to keep a few bags on your bed during the day but that is all. The beds have a lonely feeling, as they are in constant transition and change as the women themselves who pass through. While in their possession, each woman takes pride in her bed and covers it with special blankets or pillows. This is a place for safety where these women can find compassion and dignity. The images of the beds give a brief moment of all these woman have to make home for the night. These bed have so many stores to tell just as the women.
By Bootsy Holler