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Annabel Clark

Krystle and Zane, Camp Second Chance, Seattle, WA, 2017
Archival Pigment Print
20 x 30″
Open edition
Retail framed: $900
© Annabel Clark

b. 1981, Topanga, CA; lives in Seattle, WA and New York, NY
Of Seattle’s current population of just over 700,000, 14 percent is estimated to be living below the poverty line. Only 72% of Seattle’s able workers age 16 and over were employed as of 2015. It is estimated that at least 3,000 people are currently living on the streets. (As per seattle.gov.)

“I moved to Seattle in 2015, the year the mayor declared a State of Emergency on Homelessness, and was struck by the geography of tents and organized encampments lining freeways and empty lots across the city.

The couples in this series live in self-organized homeless encampments in the Pacific Northwest and have a variety of attitudes toward their living situation. For some couples, like Krystle and Zane and Cody and Isaiah, tent cities provide a safe short-term solution while they save money for permanent housing. Melissa and Brian, on the other hand, refer to themselves as ‘houseless’, along with the other residents of their camp Hazlenut Grove, and are building an eco-village of tiny houses on the same property. As far as they are concerned, they are already home.”

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