When you tell someone you're homeless you know right away what they think of you, by the look on their face, but most of all the look in their eyes.
Having lived the good life for most of my life and then going through 29 months of homelessness while battling cancer and HIV, has given me new perspectives and a much better understanding on what it means to be poor and homeless in the United States.
Most of the pictures in this book were taken during my 29 months of homelessness.
The goal of the book is to get people to see homeless as HUMANS, but also to raise awareness and ask the reader to consider that maybe the homeless person on the corner isn't the problem. Maybe the real problem is the people, places and things in charge of ending homelessness.
Louis "Kengi" Carr is a Southern California native born and raised in beautiful Santa Monica. This proud ageleno is the author of three books, a Getty Images Contributor, a published writer as well as a guest speaker and community activist/advocate for people living with HIV or AIDS and homeless individuals.He's also the creator of grass roots community based outreaches Project KengiKat, Do Something Saturday & Unplugging HIV. Kengi is what some have called an "old school" photographer because he ONLY believes in basic post production of his work. "I simply want to take great pictures with my camera, not create them in photoshop. What you see is what I snapped. If that means I'm outdated or considered less of a photographer, then so be it " Often called a "photojournalist" or "social justice" style photographer, Kengi uses his photography to bring new awareness and understanding for social issues gripping Los Angeles as well as the nation.