In plain sight: Homeless in Silicon Valley (360-degree story)

In an immersive 360-degree video experience, Paul, a Silicon Valley native, brings us to the spaces he slept on the streets of Palo Alto, through the invisibility of homelessness to the possibility of secure shelter.

Put yourself in the shoes of Paul, a formerly homeless individual from Palo Alto. Through 360-degree immersive video, hear directly from Paul and see what life is like from his perspective.

This experience works best with an immersive video headset, like Google Cardboard. But you can still watch the video and scroll around the complete 360 sphere on YouTube on your phone or computer.

Paul wished not to use his last name, as he tries to re-integrate into “housed” society.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Recent graduate Jamie Stark filmed and produced this video over six months as his master’s capstone project in the Stanford Journalism Program. Stark earned his M.A. in journalism from Stanford University, and his B.A. in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lived and freelanced for two years in El Salvador. He has reported across Latin America to cover stories like child migration in Guatemala, news-gathering drones in El Salvador and internet access in Cuba. He founded the video desk at his undergraduate newspaper, and worked with the Virtual Human Interaction Lab while at Stanford to produce immersive video. This past summer, Stark was an intern at the multimedia desk of The San Francisco Chronicle.

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