4 Years Of Incredible Homeless Portraits And Interviews

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4 Years Of Incredible Homeless Portraits And Interviews
4 Years Of Incredible Homeless Portraits And Interviews
4 Years Of Incredible Homeless Portraits And Interviews

This is how 4 years of incredible homeless portraits and interviews look like, if you put passion into such a project. Photographer Mikaël Theimer created this outstanding photo series over a period of four years where he interviewed people living on the streets.

“One doesn’t always have change to spare, but when someone reaches their hand out, the least anyone can give, is a smile,” he says.

“I’ve had amazing conversations with people on the streets, I’ve learned things about… our society, about literature, art, and philosophy.”

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I met Jake last winter and spent quite some time with him and his friends, filming their day to day life, and just hanging out at the corner of Sherbrooke and Saint-Laurent where they were washing the windshields of the cars as they stopped at the red light.⠀ ⠀ To many, Jake was just another "squeegee kid". But to many, he was a friend, and a good one at that. For he was smart, generous, and kind. What struck me in the conversations we had, is how enlightened he was; he saw the world for what it really is, and it's probably because he couldn't tolerate that sight that he got lost in his addictions.⠀ ⠀ Last Sunday, Jake's body was found with an empty needle next to him. He was back home in British Columbia, with his family. He had been clean for the past 45 days, and his friends and family now have to wonder whether this was an accident or a decision.⠀ ⠀ Jake opened my eyes to a reality I knew nothing about, and I'll forever be grateful to him for that. May he now shine a new, kinder light on the squeegee kids you'll come across in the future.⠀ ⠀ Rest in peace my friend.

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We often learn a lot of wise things from the most unexpected places, and this is why from time to time, it wouldn’t hurt to hear what some of the most unfortunate people have to say.

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Mostafa, 52, met in front of Fairmount Bagel. Born in Limoges (France) of parents from Djibouti, he's been in Montreal for 30 years. His roots are Black, Arab and Jewish. With such a cultural background, it's hard not be open-minded. Maybe that's why he speaks eight languages, including Arabic, Russian… and Yiddish.⠀ ⠀ Mixing cultures together; here's – in my opinion – the greatest gift that globalisation has to offer.⠀ ⠀ –⠀ ⠀ Mostafa, 52 ans, rencontré de Bagel Fairmount. Né à Limoges de parents Djiboutiens, il est installé à Montréal depuis 30 ans. Ses racines sont à la fois Noires, Arabes et Juives. Difficile de ne pas être ouvert "à l'autre" avec un tel baggage culturel. C'est d'ailleurs peut-être pour ça qu'il parle huit langues, dont l'arabe, le russe… et le yiddish.⠀ ⠀ Le métissage, voilà, à mon avis, la plus belle richesse que la mondialisation a à offrir.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #Montreal #Quebec # Canada #streetphotography #street #urban #wander #picoftheday #35mm #streetphoto #blackandwhite #bnw #portrait #streetportrait #story #human

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Wisdom can be found in unexpected places. Yesterday, I met Steve. Here's what he had to say. "If you could have one wish, what would it be? I’ll tell you what mine is; my wish comes once a year. Every year Christmas day, all the fighters in the world put down their arms to eat Christmas dinner. This only happens for 6 hours. My wish is to make it 72 hours, this way lives would be saved on both sides – more would be too much to ask, I try a little bit at a time. And I try to make this happen by writing letters to heads of countries. Twenty-six different countries have already answered me. I’ve got the answer ‘yes’ from all of them. I’m still waiting on the Queen’s response though. So I keep writing everyday to a different country. Today I wrote to Turkey. This is what I do, and I hope others will join me someday; because the world has to reunite, or we’re gonna fade away. We only have one planet, we gotta protect our planet. Inside and out.”

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The name is Khaos

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4 Years Of Incredible Homeless Portraits And Interviews

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