This is a November 1995 photograph of a displaced individual in an undocumented location in central Sanremo, Italy, near the Hotel Villa Sylva. This individual had created for himself a living space within a construction zone in Sanremo, vis-a-vis the construction in the background. To provide a bit of privacy the individual had placed a sheet of cardboard behind his back to partially hide himself from pedestrians passing below. He also had used the wrought-iron rail encompassing an adjacent tree to hold his few possessions. Of greatest interest was a life-size cardboard cut-out of an American football player adversing Saratoga American Tape of which the individual apparently had taken possession. The crutches leaning against the football player belonged to the man. For viewers not familiar with American football, as represented by the replica, American football players wear knee-length socks which extend up beneath the bottom of the knee-lenght pants of the uniform. Such is visible if one closely views the cardboard replica. Having noted such, it also is possible to observe the man on the mattress has tucked his pants into knee-lenght socks, thus crudely replicating the uniform of the football player. Without knowledge of Italian, I raised my camera and asked, "S'il vous plait?" as I pointed my camera toward the man. He gently nodded his consent and continued reading his news paper. With the presence of a mattress, belongings within the wrought-iron rail, food containers to his left, a bottle of water and crutches leaned against the cardboard cut-out, I assumed this location was "home" for this individual. Now working with homeless individuals in the U.S.A., I have great respect for the "home" this individual had fashioned for himself and his attempt to replicate the American football player.
This photograph was created from a Kodak Tri-X negative scanned with a Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 ED and processed via Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop before being printed as a giclee on archival 100% cotton rag fine art paper.