Day 41 (February 10, 2014) – New York, NY
It’s another cold New York night. I’m walking home after running a few errands and I notice this image. One of the City’s homeless is using an ATM to escape the elements. This winter has been especially brutal. Weeks of an arctic freeze have been followed by days of snow, slush and ice….and then back to a freeze. I can only imagine what it would be like to live on the cold New York street these days – constantly looking for a warm place to pass the time. I found a great irony in this image and wondered if this person was screwed at some point by the banks. Perhaps until the housing crash of 2007, he was living a firm middle class lifestyle. And then maybe he watched his dreams fade away as mortgage payments piled up. And perhaps due to a number of other challenges in his life he ends up homeless. For many, there dreams have been deferred and replaced with sleepless nights on the streets.