it has been years since my prior visit, but I have to say that the sadness and poverty in so much more prominent today on the streets of Las Vegas. Also the ways various people are trying to make a living. I am posting these just to remind me and us that there is always the other side to glamour. I am not so used to seeing it. so it made me very sad.

Comments

  1. loisajay says:

    This is sad, Rivka. And the part of the city they never want you to see. To the moneymakers, it’s all ‘bright lights, big city.’ Powerful post.

    • Thanks Lois, life had not treated some of our friends with the best hand, and I have to say I was great-full for which direction my own life has gone. what to be grateful for. I have to say that US is a very hard on you if you don’t have a job or money. This is a outsiders take on it of coarse.

      • loisajay says:

        You are absolutely right, Ritva. I have seen it in my line of work. Far too many people live paycheck to paycheck. Not a fun way to live at all.

  2. Adrian Lewis says:

    Yes, Ritva, this is a part of humanity, of the human condition, “there is always the other side to glamour” as you say; and I have seen it in many places, most notably in the Third World, I suppose, where the divide between the have’s and the have-nots can be so much starker and more pronounced. Along with your posts on all the lights etc of Las Vegas, its very good to show this other side too – the underlying realities. A 🙂

    • Adrian, there is that. I often document it, but have been hesitant to post it. The truth is not so much tun to see, to be reminded of the reality. I often ponder where is the line and what is “social porn” what is reality… if you know what I mean. I would not be able to go to the really poverty stricken, I would be so upset and the fact that I am not able to really do anything about it.

      • Adrian Lewis says:

        I understand exactly what you mean, Ritva; and I agree, I wouldn’t want to photograph really poverty stricken people alone >>> but I think that here, in this post, as a stark contrast to the wealth and glitz of Las Vegas its a very worthwhile thing – its good to be allowed to see this reality alongside all of the much publicised glitz.

  3. jdschok says:

    Poverty in any form is a sad sight and sometimes those who are stuck in it cannot see any other way of getting out of it too. I have never been to the US, but still it’s sad to see this in any country.

    Where I come from in Asia poverty is very visible and meet you everyday, and is a sad fact that seems to be getting worse for many complicated reasons of society with each year.

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