Michael Pharaoh's ability to capture homeless people in a thought-provoking way is what makes these portraits so impactful. The stark realism that exudes from the images gives a humanistic feel that many people miss when they see homeless people on the street.
It's become second nature for many to walk by without even considering that it's another human being they're walking away from. Pharoah not only took their pictures, he also talked to them about their stories, how they ended up in the situations they're currently in.
He explains that "this project was both a sad yet humbling one." You can see the emotion in the photographs, especially in the way they were digitally finished. This photography series is an important one because it can bring awareness about the homeless problem in America.