The multimedia exhibit "Homeless in Paradise" opened Nov. 5 at BC Space Gallery in Laguna Beach.
The show was created by Laguna artists Faye Chapman and Tim Carmody, and Los Angeles Times photographer Genaro Molina in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in November.
The power of "Homeless in Paradise" is found in its visceral treatment of homelessness in idyllic Southern California. Chapman and Carmody's portraits capture the vulnerability and resilience of individuals who survive on the streets of Orange County.
The photos are highly defined and textured, so much so that one feels able to almost touch the faces of those who Chapman said "live in the shadows."
Molina's stark portraits focus on the chronically homeless in Los Angeles. One particularly compelling photo flash-freezes the raw anguish of a homeless woman in what looks to be mid-scream, but she's actually singing.