In June 2015, Pedro Oliveira, a Brazilian photographer, living in Portland, OR-USA, started a personal ongoing series of photographic essays casing lives of real people throughout several cities of the West coast of the United States.
People like you and me, who had plans and dreams, but for whatever reason ended up in the streets or shelters.
Over the timespan of one year, Careful: Soul Inside gained its own gallery exhibition and has been showcased in several newspapers and television shows throughout the West Coast of the United States, and eventually all over the world.
The idea of the project is rather simple: Pedro engages with the homeless people, listens to their stories and share, whenever allowed, their pictures and written narrative of their conversations. The project’s purpose is to bring awareness to the fine line that separates society and the homeless and hopefully break this massive social wall that makes them practically invisible to most of us.
About Pedro Oliveira
Pedro is an award-winning and internationally published, street/ headshot/portraits, and what he calls journalistic fine art photographer, based in Portland-OR and Orange County-CA.
Born and raised in Sao Paulo City, Brazil, Pedro is a former IBM Database Administrator with a Bachelor of System Analysis. He moved in 2012 to the United States to continue his academic education, seeking a bachelor´s degree in Communication and Advertising and is currently a senior at Portland State University, downtown Portland. Pedro is best known for his ongoing series of homeless people throughout the world, named “Careful: Soul Inside,” and for his dramatic studio portraits style inspired by the old masters of painting such as Rembrandt and Van Gough. [Official Website]