2007 Photo Contest, Daily Life, 2nd prize

Jon Lowenstein

Aurora Photos

01 January, 2005

A man shows how he saw Jesus Christ three times while on a journey from British Guyana. He works as a night-watchman, and grows tomatoes on a one-acre plot, living in a small shack on the property. He says selling the tomatoes earns him US$10,000 a year. Chicago South Side has long had a distinct identity, associated with the city's African American community. In the 1970s and 1980s, the once thriving industrial communities of the South Side hit hard economic times and unemployment, poverty, drugs, and gang violence became major issues. Despite their adversities, South Side residents preserve a strong sense of community feeling.

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Jon Lowenstein

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