When photographer Bear Guerra was living and working in Austin, Texas, he often kicked around the idea of a portrait and interview project that would give a face and a voice to the homeless population.
Work, travel and life got in the way, until Guerra and his wife arrived in San Diego last fall.
“The first thing we saw were 30 people living under the I-5/C Street bridge,” he says. “I knew I needed to get back to it.”
And so, the San Diego-based humanitarian photographer launched “(In)Visible Project,” an intimate look at San Diego’s homeless population that will be displayed throughout the county as a mobile installation.
Guerra approached the oft-documented issue of homelessness in a unique way. While journalists (myself included) often gravitate to images that show life on the streets, Guerra chose to strip away the gritty backdrop and show the faces of these people.