The project follows one in which Serrano paid people on the streets for their cardboard signs. This time around, he reunited with a few individuals, including a young couple. "The guy's name was Red. When I went to take his picture, I noticed his eyes were yellow. He explained he had a liver condition," Serrano recalls. "I took the picture. That was the first portrait. Two weeks later, another homeless guy came up to me. He said to me ‘You know, that guy Red who you photographed, he died.'
It's possible the immediacy of potential documentation gave people a hit of self-consciousness. "They may feel a sense of guilt," observes Serrano, who became mindful of his gaze, and the power it held behind a camera. "People that would be ordinarily ignored would be recognized only for a second because I was paying attention to them," he noticed.