Veiled - A study of a homeless woman’s experience in Perth
Photographer: Tim Sexton
Exhibit Title: Veiled - A study of a homeless woman’s experience in Perth
Homeless women in Perth can be any of us and struggle against their disempowerment ‘behind-the-scenes’ of society with limited opportunities, services, and zero socio-political voice. VEILED works to identify the audience is vulnerable themselves, create awareness through the photo narrative, and confront stereotypical projections of the homeless.
Generally, our society tends to turn away from those in need, either through personal discomfort or negative messaging reinforcing an ‘unworthiness’ of disenfranchised groups. This project is meant to demonstrate the life of ‘Maria’, a faithfully reproduced character of the female homeless experience. By introducing the primary character sympathetically but in an emotionally accessible way, the intent is for the view to intimately attach to the subject and her experience.
In doing so, a distinct effort is made to abandon traditional homeless stereotypes as well as the pitying aspects often projected on these experiencing homelessness. Instead, the viewer will be left with an indelible image of an intensely strong character, living up to the rigors of her situation, and simply working to maintain an existence in a society that prefers to render her invisible.
This work was presented in Perth, Australia in 2016.
Originally from NYC, Tim Sexton also works from Melbourne, Australia. As an objective observer in this space, photography provides not just my view of the world but creates a continual challenge to attempt to reconcile what I witness visually to the emotional attachment of the moment.
I view my work through the lens to explore topics of social justice and work intuitively, guided by my subject and space. By exploring inequities in an honest and raw manner, I work to reveal the intense beauty of how different peoples lives are shared. This exploration may be found as hope, persistence, or a driven intensity for survival as opposed to how these subjects are typically exploited by popular media.
I have been shooting freelance commercial advertising, fashion, and lifestyle portraiture full-time since 2012. This work provides me the ability to travel and pursue my passion for creating media to assist a variety of non-profits and NGOs in support of their missions around the world.
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