(Toledo, OH) At first pass I thought the sleeping young man on the bench at Secor and Laskey was waiting for the bus, although the actual bus stop is some thirty feet south of the ill-placed advertising benches. After several hours elapsed, though, it became clear that this person was sleeping on the bench because this had been his home for the night.
A closer examination of my photographic subject reveals a few details, like his multiple layers of clothing and his use of extra clothes as a pillow. The young man's boots appear to be laced with clothesline, and his generally disheveled appearance suggests that his clothing has been more than a few days without going through a washing machine.
This person has a number of open sores on his skin, and you can see one just above the bracelets he has on his right arm. Such skin infections are the hallmark of methamphetamine addiction, though we of course cannot jump to the conclusion our subject is a meth addict.
My efforts to strike a conversation with the slumbering man were unsuccessful, and I decided the best course of action was to let him sleep off whatever was fueling his heavy somnolence, and I found the advertising slogan above the young man's head to be bitter irony.