Single Beds

The floor before my bed is bright: Moonlight – like hoarfrost – in my room. I lift my head and watch the moon. I drop my head and think of home.

Li Bai (Li Po)  (Tr. Vikram Seth, 1992, from “3 Chinese Poets”)


45 thoughts on “Single Beds

  1. …Are these photographs of yours……a look into the future…for all of those Americans unfortunate enough, to become unemployed or unemployable, or those living into old age without a retirement plan or possibly those who get sick without having health insurance or perhaps just being unlucky enough to be born poor,.

    If our society is willing to turn a blind eye to the plight of these now…..what must the future hold…. can ‘Soylent Green’ be coming to a neighborhood near you?

  2. I am reminded of Dickens’s Scrooge asking, “are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?” I think how horrible the shelters in my city must be if people would rather live on the streets. We have to learn to care for people who have lost everything, or never had it. It could so easily happen to most of us. Your photos are a beautiful reminder of a very ugly situation.

    • A British politician Sir George Samuel Knatchbull Young (seriously, that’s his name) once said when asked about the people living on the streets of London “The homeless? Aren’t they the people you step over when you are coming out of the opera?” I fear that some NY politicians have a similar opinion. Thank you for your support of my work.

  3. The quote followed by your pictures makes you go back and read the quote again and again you look at the pictures.

  4. always a fine dividing line between “having all” and then “not having it” especially with the economics of the world today. Always think it could be anyone of us one day. Well done Anton for documenting it and making people realise.

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