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I enjoyed reading Michael Little’s story on Joseph Mills (“Camera Obscura,” 3/28), which spotlights his life and unique photography. Mills is identified as an unusual man with a mission. Somehow, I believe that his mission is to bring forth the plight of the homeless.
Indeed, the few photographs included in this article zero in on more than mere pictures of people living in the District of Columbia. They are photographs that depict the sadness, pain, and suffering that the homeless are forced to endure on a daily basis. The homeless are a forgotten class of people who are always overlooked and considered by many to be disruptive and an eyesore in the community. However, Mills’ work is a clear reminder that the homeless are human beings who struggle to survive like the rest of us. His work is symbolic to reality and brings forth the need for a clueless society to get a reality check.
With so much news on television, radio, and the Internet covering the war, it is so refreshing to read about art. We need more stories like Mills’ to remind us that life and its many possibilities do exist in this ever-changing world. To some, Mills’ work is questionable, but to me, his work is art and expresses a powerful message that the homeless do count.