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AN OVERWHELMING SURPLUS

On a single night in 2016, almost 550,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States. In Texas for example, a citizen who earns $7.25 minimum hourly wage has to spend two-third of his monthly income on renting a standard two-bedroom apartment. America is notorious for its harsh taxes and competitive job market, leading to some chronic homeless problems across the country. During my first visit to Austin, I saw a lot of homeless people on my way home from school everyday on Guadalupe Street. I was not surprised by the scene, however their aggressive begging really caught my attention. Some of them whom I approached even had full-time jobs, but to make ends meet, they had to take on begging as their “part-time jobs." They stared at me with pairs of furious and frustrated eyes. Their resentment, however, did not seem to be directed at me, but the government.

 

I started photographing since February 2016. The below series of photo was published on U-Beat Magazine, School of Journalism and Communication, CUHK (http://ubeat.com.cuhk.edu.hk/123usa/)