Tears run down Mckenzie Trahan’s face in Hollywood as the 22-year-old talks about the trauma she has experienced in her life | Christina House / Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times recently published an article that was over four years in the making, documenting the trials and tribulations of a pregnant homeless woman as she prepared for the birth of her daughter and looked for a permanent home.
PetaPixel spoke to staff photographer Christina House who was part of a three-person team that also included reporter Gale Holland and videographer Claire Hannah Collins. The long-read article that the team created is entitled: Pregnant, homeless, and living in a tent: Meet Mckenzie.
“Mckenzie was in a fairly dire situation when we first met her [in 2018]. She was six and a half months pregnant living in a tent above the Hollywood freeway, and she was stripped of her belongings in a law enforcement sweep,” explains House.
“I felt sad to leave her each day after shooting. It was moving to witness her persistence and see her courage in working to change her situation. There was also a lot of joy in between the moments of struggle and heartache.
Mckenzie Trahan, 22, stares off as her boyfriend Eddie, 26, rests his hand on her womb near their tent in Hollywood | Christina House / Los Angeles Times
Eddie, 26, panhandles at a freeway off ramp in Hollywood hoping to make money to take out his pregnant girlfriend Mckenzie Trahan | Christina House / Los Angeles Times
Mckenzie Trahan, 23, keeps an eye on her newborn daughter Ann | Christina House / Los Angeles Times
House used a Canon 5D Mark IV with a 24-70mm lens attached to shoot the project as it enabled her to navigate Mckenzie’s world “in an unobtrusive manner.”
Remarkably, House herself was also pregnant when following Mckenzie’s life: “It gave me a deeper understanding of the connection parents have with their children. So, everything that she went through hit home, on a much more profound level,” she says.
Mckenzie Trahan, 22, and her boyfriend Eddie, 26, stay under a tarp in an alley in Hollywood | Christina House / Los Angeles Times
Mckenzie not long after her daughter Anne is born | Christina House / Los Angeles Times
Mckenzie Trahan, 23, carries baby Ann and her stroller up the stairs to their apartment | Christina House / Los Angeles Times
The editorial team hung out at the Hollywood tents that house Los Angeles’ sizeable homeless population where they would accompany Mckenzie to ultrasound appointments and be present as she faced housing program rejections. The three women also sat in the hospital waiting room for the birth of Mckenzie’s daughter.
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