As I approach the end of my first year in the WKUPJ Department, I’ve decided to make a blog to share my initial experiences as a photojournalist.
For my final class project, in PJ233, I’ve been documenting a community of homeless people in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This project is far from complete, but I wish to continue on it and find more direction within the story. However, until the story is complete, I wanted to post a wider edit that I’ve gathered thus far.
Homelessness is often only heard about in bigger cities such as Chicago, Detroit or New York City. However, when it comes to smaller communities like Bowling Green, Kentucky, the homeless population is often overlooked.
The train tracks in Bowling Green are known as the imaginary line between financially rich and poor; everything east of the tracks is considered the nice part of town, whereas the west side has often been referred to as the ghetto, even by some who live there.
This ghetto has become a home where many of these homeless people find themselves, day and night. Even though most of these people are without a physical home, they have nevertheless built a small community around each other. However, because of drugs, alcohol and constant run-ins with law enforcement, some of the homeless of Bowling Green say they have lost hope in ever making it out of their troubled lives.