Photos and text by Lloyd Fox: When I am out looking for Instagram pictures the first thing I do is to find distinctive or dramatic light and then look for the interesting lines, shapes or graphic designs within that area of light.
Even as homelessness declined slightly nationwide in 2015, it increased in urban areas, including Seattle, New York and Los Angeles, and Seattle now has the third-highest number of homeless people in the country. The city’s voters have agreed to tax themselves four separate times since 1986 to pay for affordable housing. The mayor recently proposed raising another $290 million with another housing levy on the November ballot.
Jackie Treehorn’s pad is becoming part of an art museum? “Far out,” we hear The Dude gasping. The living room that the film “The Big Lebowski” set in Malibu is, in real life, in the hills, not by the beach. Now, the convention- and gravity-defying home its part of, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright disciple John Lautner, is being donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which plans to use it for fundraisers, exhibitions, conferences, and collaborations with other museums, the L.A. Times reports. In a Times column, the museum’s director called it “one of the most important houses in all of L.A.” and “one of the most L.A. houses.”
Six weeks after her arrival at Rikers Island, an argument over who should clean a jailhouse shower sent Candie Hailey to solitary confinement — known as “the bing.”
It was the first time, but it would not be the last.
A month later, records show, she cursed and spit at a guard and resisted when she was put in a hold. Ninety-five days in the bing. She later got 70 days for cursing at an officer, splashing the guard with toilet water and refusing to stop. She was handed 60 days after breaking the light fixture in her cell and using the shards to cut her wrist. Among other infractions: fighting (40 days), disrespect of staff (30 days) and blocking her cell window (15 days).
Of her first 29 months in jail, Hailey served about 27 alone in a 6-by-10-foot cell, with a bed, a toilet and a few books to pass the time. When she did go outside, it was just for one hour in 24. And she had yet to be tried for any crime, let alone convicted.
At least eight times in the course of her more than three-year incarceration, she would be taken to the hospital after suicide attempts in solitary that included trying to swallow hair remover product, pills and the chemicals inside an instant ice pack, banging her head on a wall and trying to electrocute herself by putting a phone cord in her cell’s toilet.
Hailey could not abide solitary confinement. But that was the only place her jailers felt they could put her.
John Petro has been photograhing the Baltimore area for nearly 40 years, but after the April unrest, he took to the neighborhoods to do environmental portraits of city residents — most of them captured on the stoops in front of their homes.