Dallas Morning News photojournalist Mona Reeder spent three years working on The Bottom Line — mostly on gaining access to some really sensitive situations. The result is some incredibly personal moments, and some heartbreaking story-telling images.
By the numbers, Texas is first in capital punishment. It’s also home to the most Fortune 500 companies. Second in GDP. Second also in the size of the income gap between rich and poor. It’s home to the country’s three poorest counties. Dead last for the number of people without health insurance. And lousy at protecting the environment.
It’s numbers such as these that define a place. Behind every set of numbers is a story of lives ruined, ends not being met, the struggle to survive. Reeder does a great job at putting a face on the issues and shows how the numbers add up to poverty, teen pregnancy and jail time.