Frankie here has been living in Skid Row for three years. She’s originally from Tennessee and still has a thick Tennessee accent. She wouldn’t shake my hand because she said hers was too dirty. I make a point to shake everyone’s hands I meet, regardless of how dirty they appear. It’s a small gesture that quickly puts you on someone’s level and often their demeanor quickly opens up. Sometimes I see people down in Skid Row, often volunteers doing wonderful things to help people, but they wear gloves when dealing with the street people. I think that puts a certain kind of barrier between you and them.
Suitcase Joe is a Los Angeles photographer who lives anonymously in our amongst. His Instagram page is an important document of our times. @suitcase_joe