Homeless Madonna by Christopher Woods

by Leslie Anne Mcilroy


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"Homeless Madonna" was taken in Boston, in a very nice section of the city I might add. I found this ironic in some ways, but then the centers of our great cities are places where the homeless gather most frequently. I noticed immediately that the woman looked weary, so weary. I thought about her life and what circumstances had brought her to this place at this time. In a way, I felt like a voyeur, but then, isn't that the secondary profession of a photographer? I wondered if the woman was dreaming. If she was, I hoped her dreams were good ones. I already had an idea of how things were for her when she was awake.

 


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Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher and photographer who lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas. His published works include a prose collection, Under a Riverbed Sky, and a book of stage monologues for actors, Heart Speak. He conducts creative writing workshops in Houston at The Women's Institute. His photographs have appeared in many journals, with photo essays published in Glasgow Review, Public Republic, Deep South and Narrative Magazine, among others. His photography can be seen in his online gallery.