When I made this project I was in San Francisco, a new world that I admired but in which I felt I don’t belong. In order to find my feeling of belonging and to create a purpose that would help my mind overpass the alienation feeling, I started to spend time on the city's streets. Like me, other people are doing the same thing here but with different reasons and after a while their faces became familiar. I had a home but it was far away. They, which are called homeless, didn’t have one to return because of so many reasons.
The most valuable propriety of humans might be their image and yet the homeless people lost this propriety concurrently with the impossibility of having a space that belongs to them. Represented in this context, their image is stereotyped and the idea of image/person without a value is induced.
The images from “The Prince and The Pauper” show homeless people as they dreamed to become, as they want to be seen, and in this way it is brought back the ownership of their image. A goal of this project is to show homelessness with an unlikely approach that tries to remove the misconceptions that a viewer might have about a homeless person.
What the viewer notices when confronted with my photos is the use of chiaroscuro and the theatrical employment of light and shadow that seems derived from Caravaggio. At first, looking with a descriptive eye, the images could be misinterpreted. But the unravel of the meaning brings along a great burden - the setting that is usually confiding great personalities is hiding in fact the relinquishment and bitterness that you can breath anywhere on San Francisco’s streets.