(Editor's Note: If you are viewing this on a mobile device, click our YouTube link to view the video with 360 controls.)
Underneath the East Duwamish Greenbelt along Interstate 5 lies an unsanctioned Seattle homeless encampment known as The Jungle.
This is a place most any Seattleite would never visit and a place you certainly don’t want to end up. It is dangerous, littered with used syringes, and reeks of dust and trash. But under that bridge are dozens and dozens of "homes," people, and a community.
Photographer Tim Durkan is an activist who is using his camera to tell extremely raw stories about Seattle's homeless. You can find him on the streets almost any evening capturing his neighborhood falling victim to a homeless epidemic and a heroin crisis.
We wanted to take an even more immersive look into this problem. The only way to do that is to take you there with virtual reality. So for the last four months our director of photojournalism, Matt Mrozinski, teamed up with Durkan to chronicle the struggles of a woman named Tina, who was living in the homeless encampment.
This documentary video, edited by Toby Rigby and produced by Mrozinski, is a first-of-its-kind experiment in local news. The story is best viewed with your mobile device, particularly an iPad. If you are using your desktop or laptop, open this in Google Chrome and you can move the visual around by clicking and dragging your mouse. This will not work with the Windows Explorer browser. A VR headset in another way to experience it through our YouTube link.
Mrozinski explains how KING 5 came together to create the video here.