Last fall I was listening to NPR’s On The Media podcast: Photojournalism and Foreclosure which opened my eyes to the genre.

…And one of the things that they left were hundreds of these karate trophies that apparently a son had won.

And what was startling to him is that he realized they detached all of the nameplates that listed first place, second place, third place so that he had at least some token of his accomplishment. And that back story fleshes that photograph out….

A couple of the photographers featured in the segment were recently linked to over at Collateral Vision and they caught my attention. A bit surreal to go through. It’s not always about the numbers.

Category: Foreclosures

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6 Responses to “The Foreclosure Picture Genre”

  1. MorticiaA says:

    Here’s why I come to this blog: 1. intelligent, articulate discussion; 2. common *friggin* sense; 3. the humanity. Thanks, Barry.

  2. barbacoa666 says:

    These stories are rarities. I invest in real estate, and have visited many foreclosures. Most of them have been neglected. They weren’t actively vandalized, but instead never cared for. These houses have old broken air conditioners, roofs needing replacement, old wallpaper, etc. It’s like people bought them and lived in them until they were unlivable, then left. A smaller number were absolutely trashed, or were well treated by previous residents.

  3. ’tain’t just in your neck of the woods either:

    Suicides reveal tragedy behind Irish crisis

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110224/wl_nm/us_ireland_suicide

  4. jjay says:

    At least they are out from under the mortgage, and they may have enjoyed a year or more of not paying the mortgage before judgement day hit.
    How about someone that paid cash for a house and doesn’t get any government bailout or mortgage help with their capital loss?
    How about the honest people that just rented and did not take out a NINJA liar loan?
    None of the people now being forclosed on now were complaining when house prices went parabolic for years with a 250/500k tax free capital gains kicker and free HELOC money for the asking.
    That’s why Las Vegas is in a depression now, all the big spenders that were “Homeowners” are out of other peoples money to spend on partying.
    Or karate lessons for the kids.

  5. Jim67545 says:

    It’s amazing to me that this “Christian” (as in following the teachings of Christ) country has such as f**k ‘em attitude toward this housing situation. What about that “least of those” thing?

    A daughter of a friend, a school teacher in Las Vegas, bought a house-box for $260k which is now worth $140k. Still making payments. Would like to move elsewhere for a better job for husband but can’t. A relative in the SF, Cal. area put 20% down on a house, paid on it for 10 years and still is, and house is now worth less than the mortgage balance. Wants to retire and move, but is stuck without a short sale or walk-away or cash-in.

    There are probably 100k if not 1MM stories out there like this. It’s not all NINJA abusers. As a country and our leaders don’t really give a serious f**k. Pass some innocuous legislation that has been so tailored to the perps that it’s worthless and merrily we go along. In case we haven’t noticed in the arab countries in revolt the commonality is insiders getting rich, a government that is disconnected from the people and justs sucks on the corpus, therefore revolt. Sound like the Tea Party platform?