Who would've thought that this model-turned-photographer, dressed in a fine shirt with slicked back hair, was actually homeless? Mark Reay spent six years sleeping under a tarpaulin on an East Village rooftop. After plying between New York and Europe, he finally decided to stay in the Big Apple, living off his measly savings until there was nothing left.
Reay's story is that of a man who was living from hand to mouth. "So, one night, I snuck into the building and went to the rooftop. I figured I’d stay there for a few days. I didn’t leave for six years," he told The Guardian. In those six years, he managed to shoot backstage at New York Fashion Week for Dazed, plus a few protraits for models and actors.
All he had were a few shirts, a pair of trousers, socks and a gym membership that enabled him take take a shower, wash clothes and keep his stuff (clothes and camera) safely in a locker. He was living a double life.
His story will unfold in a documentary film entitled "Homme Less", which opens today at IFC Centre, New York. Watch the trailer below: