July 31, 2013 - 40 went

Virtual Photo Challenge: STREET STORIES I

Spare a smile !

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Added by Alex S.
on Aug 1, 2013.
 

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  • Wendy

    There is so much symbolism in this photograph. The destitute man (or could be a woman) is dressed in a colour that also monks wear. Monks also have no possessions as this person lives a life without also. As monks are always smiling, this sign also indicates a need to share a smile with another person passing by. There is always a 'heart' within the person sitting on the street and this sign shows that. Well done capturing many emotions of which we can only guess.

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  • Diane G.

    love this one

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  • Alex S.

    Thanks ,Wendy,and Diane, I am lost in this shot , and wondering about the Canadian logo in the back ,and can't stop thinking why the person had no other choice !

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  • Wendy

    As a former RN, who's worked both VGH & St. Paul's Emerg. Depts., I've cared for a lot of these folks who unfortunately are either homeless, or jobless and need extra money to afford housing/food per month. Many are those injured seriously on jobs when they are very young, disabled and without any other financial support other than disability pensions, which are very low. Most don't cover nay form of housing that is even available. Or they have illnesses (aside from the addictive individuals) and also cannot work. It's all very sad and there seems no solution to destitute individuals living merely taking care of basic needs, which cannot be met. I talk to many of the folks on the street downtown in Vancouver and always tell them about Crossroads which is a very helpful community service in downtown Vancouver. It's the most I can do and occasionally will buy them a fast food meal.

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  • Iluminada M.

    You have a very kind heart Wendy.

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  • Alex S.

    Thanks Wendy for your kindness,I just sent you an e-mail also.

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  • Alex S.

    Thank you for information , I was helping some refugee group ,and they had a meeting there also sometimes, thanks for reminding me. Lots of these folks maybe know that place, its like when you lost everything in tsunami,or earthquake and you have to use what ever some one offering to survive ,that's why they find those place first ,even just thinking about no shower ,no kitchen , no food , no bedroom, no privacy, no bed, no washroom, no TV , no future ,no relation ,no family lifestyle for me is difficult to understand ,and I am wondering why will government stop helping some one because of the mistake they made in their life !? And that question bringing up lots of other subjects. That's why a picture sometime can have a explanation of 100 books. In background of that picture was Canada post , and lots of signature of gangs in street on it to register gangs territories' ,is totally different world then what we know. Thanks again and I hope we can work some day in some subject together, Cheers

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  • Wendy

    Thank you for your reply, Iluminada. I've just read your email, Alex. Appreciate your understanding of the very multi-layered problem of those who struggle day to day, year to year. An incredible tough existence indeed. I spoke to a Canadian Native yesterday who was going around Canada Place pier collecting cans/bottles out of garbage cans. He does this every day of the year, rain, snow and cold days. He doesn't live on a reserve and is probably in his late 40's. This is his stark existence and I doubt he lives anywhere on a regular basis. I see him as a very hard working individual working longer hours than most folks and in difficult circumstances. I'd been doing a sketch, which he commented on saying he liked art also. We all have commonalities, that is for sure. When he left, he thanked me for the conversation and shook my hand, extending it hesitantly, thinking maybe I would shake his hand. In my world, why not. And he smiled saying good bye too. That I greatly admire, a smile despite the life that is so tough.

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