Everybody’s 5th Ward

There are people who, for many reasons or circumstances, become invisible to most of us. There are areas of each community that house people, in this case Houston’s Fifth Ward area, existing at a level that we don’t really want to see. Yet, this is an affliction in all societies, everywhere. Despite an unsightly marginalized existence, these are real people. Society tends to objectify and dehumanize people at society’s margins; even though this is a layer within all of our lives. These people must be seen, despite our own fear, guilt, loathing, disgust and desire to avoid. In looking at these images, we find, whatever the reason, the layers in a community are not all pleasing ones that invoke the beautiful illusion that we call life. There are Fifth Wards everywhere.