Few of the images by formerly homeless youth are traditionally beautiful, but each offers a rare window into life far away from linen napkins and wine lists
This is what it looks like to be young, homeless and hungry in a city preoccupied with food the locavore life, the scrupulously sourced, the beautifully butchered, the five-star restaurant.
For Justin Smith it is a spin of ramen noodles, pennies a mouthful and a carefully tended blue, plastic fork. For Josh Frazier, it is dumpster diving in a bright green compost bin. For Nick Lindley it is a jumble of canned food, some for himself, the best for his puppy, Ziggy.
I wish my food stamps didnt get cut off. I dont know why they got cut off. So I had to go to the food bank and get all of this crap. I expended all of my money on my dogs food. My fight is real, but no realer than anyone elses.
Thats how Lindley describes his photo, The Lost Land of Cans and Dog Food, part of an exhibit opening in San Francisco on Wednesday called I Got Nothing, the work of eight recently homeless teens and twentysomethings about a central fact of their young lives: hunger, or as they prefer to call it, food instability.