Tuesday, March 19, 2013

'Motel America' Project Shows Another Side of Orlando Life

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Nadia Shira Cohen/Paulo Siqueira Motel America
  • Nadia Shira Cohen/Paulo Siqueira "Motel America"

Some are sad, some are beautiful, get yourself to The New York Times' LENS to check out the amazing images from Nadia Shira Cohen and Paulo Siqueira's project Motel America.

From the write-up:

A young man stands in a swimming pool, eyes covered, shoulders hunched, his head slightly bowed. A child bounces from bed to bed. A dainty green cupcake with confetti sprinkles occupies a place of honor on a paper plate.

These moments are captured in family pictures, much like those taken by countless families on summer road trips, the kind they would share with friends back home. But in this case, the children pictured have no home — they are living in limbo, reduced to scraping by week to week, or day to day, in a seedy motel in Orlando, Fla.

Nadia Shira Cohen and Paulo Siqueira — along with their infant son, Rafa — settled into the Remington Inn motel for several weeks last year to produce “Motel America,” a multimedia project that tracked several families who ended up homeless after illness, unemployment, foreclosure and eviction. In a city where Disney’s commercial fantasy attracts thousands of families each year, they are stuck with no idea of what the future holds.

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