Wealth Gap by rosiekerr

Wealth Gap

I had a chance to be in the St. Louis City Public Library recently, a wonderful, historic building. I was surprised to see several homeless folk, sheltering indoors for the winter's day, in stark contrast to the gorgeous surroundings. This is not the shot I expected to take. The number of homeless appeared to far outnumber the literary patrons of the library, at least for this day. Sad and complex.

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It is a stark contrast -- the golden tones of the structure really make the backpacks and bedrolls all the more poignant. These are student backpacks.
February 7th, 2016  
I hadn't expected that caption when I opened this gorgeous image! If the homeless treat the library with respect, I think it's good that they have a warm place to sit for the day. Like you, I mull the complexity of this situation in America...it's visible everywhere.
February 7th, 2016  
Such a contrast of the golden glow of wealth against the reality of some people's lives! Heartwarming that they are allowed to stay there out of the cold. Great image telling a sad story of our times! Fav!
February 7th, 2016  
superb shot
February 7th, 2016  
Jo
What a beautiful room and a lovely place to shelter.
February 7th, 2016  
Great reflection of the contrasts in society.
February 7th, 2016  
Superb capture.
February 7th, 2016  
A great shot of the contrasts in life. Also a beautiful shot of the library itself. Fav
February 7th, 2016  
Super shot and it really tells a story. The wealth associated with the building and the poverty of the homeless. So sad.
February 7th, 2016  
Stunning shot! What a story, such contrast.
February 7th, 2016  
WOW...this is really an amazing capture. So much to take in here. Sad in many ways, but tells a very poignant story. A beautiful place to get lost in a good book! Hope they were enjoying that opportunity. FAV
February 7th, 2016  
Brilliant and tragic, Rosie. Fav
February 7th, 2016  
Fabulous
February 7th, 2016  
Fabulous architecture
February 7th, 2016  
Fabulous space.
February 7th, 2016  
Wonderful capture, lighting, architectural details
February 7th, 2016  
So interesting. I'm glad you explained, because at first glance it just looks like a full library.
February 7th, 2016  
Wonderful juxtaposition--this is a common occurrence here too!
February 7th, 2016  
reassuring to know that they are welcome in this opulent place but made all the more special as an image Fav
February 7th, 2016  
Superb architecture!
February 7th, 2016  
Agree with Louise, Taffy, Louise/Ken. Sobering in such an ornate room....
February 7th, 2016  
Gorgeous. It's good to see them in there.
February 7th, 2016  
Excellent capture
February 7th, 2016  
Great shot- at least they find a little warm comfort place to read(?)
February 8th, 2016  
Such a lovely building, and the opulence seems quite in contrast to the homeless with their bedrolls.
February 8th, 2016  
The library looks quite elegant. Such a contrast featured here.
February 8th, 2016  
The homeless frequent our public library winter and summer. Can't say I blame them.
February 8th, 2016  
It sure tells a story!
February 8th, 2016  
Lovely shot, gorgeous architecture.
February 8th, 2016  
Our main library in Chicago is not as historically opulent as this building, but it is still a wonderful structure and I find the same mix of patrons there depending on the floor. I like to think, that for some, it is one part of the day where they get to feel something other than homeless.
February 8th, 2016  
Sad, complex and factual. Your shot speaks volumes about the socio-economic inequalities of the world we live in. Public facilities have a long history of accommodating the less-fortunate. Karl Marx wrote his magnum opus, Das Kapital in the warmth of the British Museu.
February 8th, 2016  
PS If you were in the education field this photo could be set as an interpretative essay topic. Love it to bits. Fav.
February 8th, 2016  
Wow! Such a potent photo filled with unexpected contrasts
February 8th, 2016  
Fantastic image
February 9th, 2016  
Rosie we have the same thing here with our main library downtown but now the city is starting to crack down on them
February 9th, 2016  
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