RAISING THE NEXT GENERATION IN THE TENDERLOIN, SAN FRANCISCO. PHOTOGRAPHY BY UNNIKRISHNAN
by Photography by Unnikrishnan
The Tenderloin, situated in downtown San Francisco, is a dense residential and nightlife neighborhood. It has a rich history and a diverse ethnic community, but it also portrays significant poverty, homelessness, prostitution and high crime rates. The rapid growth of liquor stores (more than 60 in 2008), and strip clubs give the neighborhood a seedy reputation. Taking a step behind and looking at this neighborhood, I am curious to know how children can live a peaceful life. The Tenderloin has a large population of children, approximately 4,000, from mostly Southeast Asian families as well as Hispanic, Russian and African-American. These children living in tenderloin should be helped by educating them and providing them with a positive surrounding. How to reach these issues to the outsiders?
Born and raised in a small town in South India, and grew up never being bored as a kid. My Parents encouraged creative expression and participation in a broad range of artistic activities and of course there was the love for photography. My temperament is artistic and I am a traveler, usually avoid being a tourist but an explorer and a street photographer. My inspiration is people and their surroundings; I enjoy exploring and capturing various cultures and life styles around me.