Being homeless has turned out pretty well for me. Over the last few years I can count on one hand the nights I’ve been stuck sleeping on the street, but it’s hard to remember all the amazing places I’ve had a chance to rest my head.
I was digging through some of my photos from last year and was reminded of one particularly nice night when I slept in a barn. It had been a long day of biking through a heat wave in southern France and as the sun neared the horizon it was time to look for a place to stay. I was ready to just set myself up in the woods when I stumbled upon an old horse farm. The lovely woman who ran the place was kind enough to give me a place to sleep in the hay and the old stone buildings that covered her property gave me plenty of things to photograph as the sun faded away. One of my favorite photos is of her garden shed.
Of course, not all my thoughts were spent contemplating artistic creation and biking all day left me in desperate need of nutrition. Fortunately my kind hostess also provided an amazing spread of food. I wish I could say I accepted her generosity hesitantly and with moderation, but the record shows otherwise. It’s a good thing there are still people who like caring for the homeless.