Another Installment of “The Invisible Ones” of Washington, DC.
Nicole is a 30 something woman who has been living on the streets of Washington, DC for about two years. She has no family in the area and describes having a learning disability although she is not clear what that is exactly. She does say it caused her great difficulties in school and has interfered with her finding work because she has trouble learning things. I met Nicole in the Capitol Hill neighborhood where she was panhandling. As you can see from the photograph she is wearing at least two winter coats as she spends the majority of her time outdoors except at night when she sleeps at the Federal City Shelter which she says is a dangerous place but it’s better than freezing to death. Nicole is a friendly and outgoing person so she does well enough panhandling to get money for food. When I told her about the Invisible Ones project, she said, “That’s me, like a ghost.” She agreed to allow me to make this photo in return for a food voucher.