Portland

  • lampton, portland, blue tent #1
  • lampton, portland, blue tent #2
  • lampton, portland, blue tent #3
  • lampton_portland-001
  • lampton_portland-002
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  • lampton, portland, shelter site #2
  • lampton, portland, shelter site #1
  • lampton, portland, birch
  • lampton, portland, tent
  • lampton, portland, eroded pile
  • lampton, portland, hospital awning
  • lampton, portland, survey marker
  • lampton, portland, door
  • lampton, portland, view of pond
  • lampton, portland, hospital through trees
  • lampton, portland, mattress in shelter
  • lampton, portland, hospital room
  • lampton, portland, first night in hospital
  • lampton, portland, bush in spring

These pictures were taken on the outskirts of Portland, Maine in a particular wooded area of only a few square miles formerly known by some of Portland’s homeless population as ‘The Jungle’.  Starting in 2000 I roamed the area that functioned as a dump, homeless shelter (usually devoid of any people during the day) and illicit playground for local youth.  I returned four years later to find the land changed by an addition of a newly constructed off-ramp and many more semi-temporary living shelters.  In 2006 construction crews began work on what is now the completed “Mercy Hospital” where my daughter was born in 2011.