How Seattle Is Facing Homelessness With Portraits

Facing Homelessness Portrait Robert

Robert Lawrence, Source: Facing Homelessness

“My name is Robert Lawrence. I’m from Tennessee, arrived last year & found Seattle to be a very beautiful city, full of life, also filled with the rich & poor…”

The “community” section of the website for Facing Homelessness–a Seattle-based non-profit that provides aid to the homeless–is packed with photos. Strikingly intimate black and white portraits spill beyond its borders (you have to scroll horizontally to see them all). Soon you realize that many of the faces in this community actually belong to Seattle’s homeless. Then you realize that many of those faces come with a story. And that most of those stories start, appropriately enough, with a name. Meet some of these individuals in the gallery below:

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXX

Green Aurora River Rocks

Photo by Jan R. Olsen, Source: The Roosevelts

Shooting Stars: The Year’s Best Astronomy Photography

Lightning Ocean Stars Night

Photo by Julie Fletcher, Source: The Roosevelts

Astrophotographer is one of the world’s cooler job titles and also exactly the type of person honored by the Royal Observatory of England’s Astronomy Photography of the Year competition. Now in its seventh year, the competition has gathered more entries than ever, from over 60 countries around the world. Each entry offers an awe-inspiring vision of the mighty cosmos as glimpsed from our humble position here on Earth. While the winners won’t be announced until September 17, you can view the shortlist–and probably seriously contemplate your place in the universe–at The Roosevelts.

Rainbow Aurora People Watching

Photo by Kris Williams, Source: The Roosevelts

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Fun In Thatcher’s England: Newcastle, 1979

Fun In Newcastle 1979

Glenn Murtha and his brother jump from a second-story window in Newcastle, England, 1979. Source: Tish Murtha/AmberSide Collection

Glenn Murtha tells the story of this photo in an interview with The Guardian, extracted below for your reading pleasure:

he derelict houses in our neighbourhood were our playground. We’d jump from the second-floor window on to a pile of mattresses. Sometimes we’d get a bit hurt, but we didn’t have any fear in those days. Mrs Thatcher had just come to power and it was a time of austerity. My dad had his own scrap business, so he got a bit of trouble from the council for having vans and scrap in the yard, but he made a living from it, so they left him alone.

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