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According to Buddha

Suppose you are going to be punished by not being allowed to go to sleep when you are desperately in need of rest, and suddenly someone says: “All right, you may go to sleep now.” Think of the joy you would feel just before falling asleep.

Hedy Bach Photography - TO - homeless b-w - 2

Hedy Bach Photography - TO - homeless b-w - 3

Hedy Bach Photography - TO - homeless b-w - 7

Hedy Bach Photography - TO - homeless b-w - 8

Hedy Bach Photography - TO - homeless b-w - 6

Hedy Bach Photography - TO - homeless b-w - 5

Hedy Bach Photography - TO - homeless b-w - 9

hey hey
and i need a dollar dollar, a dollar is what i need
and if i share with you my story would you share your dollar with me
well i don’t know if i’m walking on solid ground
cause everything around me is crumbling down
and all i want is for someone to help me
hey hey


homeless people I met on random streets in downtown Toronto  ~ June 2017

  1. I suspect more homeless in the US sooner than later. My city is of average size by American standards and see many more on benches, doorways, etc.


    • yes Barry i imagine you will have more in the USA…and like it is difficult to count and track the homeless…here in Edmonton (etown) we don’t know the growing number of people and families who are struggling to make ends meet…we also don’t count the youth/adults who couch-surf…we make some progress here, but much work remains to end homelessness in Edmonton…and yes all cities have homelessness which shameful and i agree “we can do better”…my father always taught me that…thank you Barry have an artful day!

  2. Hi hedy, there will be more and more people living on the street. It has happened all over the world, unfortunately.

    • yes Robert…and some of the people are on the same streets in TO that i walked on three years ago…Grant the man in the second last image…recited a poem for me when i gave him money and he also told me once a human walks by a homeless people 3x they will never look at homeless humans again…that made me sad…he has been on the streets since 1973…saying hello is always possible…

  3. I was there the first week of March when the high temperature was -10C. What do these poor souls do then? My heart breaks for them.

    • MissP 🙂 and yes it gets much colder in Canada…on this trip to TO i learned that there is few shelters for women…and i noted more women on the streets…meeting the pregnant woman was troubling for me…she was on the same corner everyday…walking by and ignoring people who ask for money is difficult for me…sharing a coffee and having a little talk and/or smile is always possible…here in etown when our temperatures drop into the -30’s i go out and drive through areas to look for myself…this year i noticed many street services and emergency vehicles out…freezing to death is a nasty thought…we need to continue to find appropriate housing options…it is possible…we all know that…we need to do it…

      have a good day MissP ~ smiles hedy 🙂

  4. Homelessness here, there, and around the world is a condition
    that affects us all whether seen of unseen.
    Your excellent photography Hedy, does a great job in illustrating what
    we may miss living our daily life.

    • always a wonder for me Eddie…sometimes i need to document what i see as injustices…poverty…empty buildings…wasting our wealth…we could share so much…i was schooled to look at the evaded…what is dismissed, institutional ignored, seen as inconsequential…i always think what if that was my loved one…or me…how would others treat them/me…perhaps, we are all one step away…knowing the stories of homelessness does affect us all…and i know after being on the streets photographing i also need to woods to fill my soul…i imagine a different world 😀 off to breathe in peace and exhale love now….

  5. These are tough to see Hedy. Whether there are more homeless now or not, I suppose one is enough to be a problem, no? I was taught the opposite of what you were taught, unfortunately – taught to always look away from pain and trouble, to keep your distance. It was not helpful! I don’t find it easy, or even possible to stop and talk or share coffee, but maybe also that’s a relic of living on the Lower East Side (NYC) in the late 60’s, early 70’s, a very difficult time, when we all had to look out for ourselves. The other angle we can’t forget is that if mental illness weren’t so stigmatized and we had decent. affordable treatment for it, a lot of homelessness might be eliminated.

    • i appreciate you saying Lynn…sometimes tough to click as well…and i always ask myself “why” in my hedy head but also i know it causes me to interact…socially connect which all beings nee…of course some more than others…but i do because it reminds me…this is ‘real’…and yes our early narratives of experiences shape who we are…when i was in grade school my father took my little sister and me to the back streets of downtown Calgary he would feed homeless people…we stayed in the car…but i could see…he would then tell us that it’s a shame that such a rich country can’t feed it’s own people…and that it was wrong…i don’t need to go to Toronto to see homelessness…we have both urban/rural homelessness here in alberta…how to solve the structural causes of homelessness will require us to dismantle at our foundations…which i doubt as i look/see/read how ‘greed’ continues to be celebrated and rewarded…maybe if we had a little less and shared a little more…to me lack of affordable housing is a healthcare issue…and as you say Lynn, rename/reclaim the stigmatization of mental health…which are all contested, layered and maintained issues…so i don’t know…but doing even the littlest of things makes a difference i think…saying hello and acknowledging that they are human beings seems right to me…i know my change won’t change their lives but maybe just for that little moment in time…

      managing and ending homelessness are different…the human cost of homelessness means we need political will…we need to ‘doers’…as i read what Robert implies new homelessness will continue to happen…unless we figure out preventions…which is possible…and i’ve imagined starting with children and youth…

      rather a long hedy blurt…i also smile as i enjoy responding and thinking about what might be Lynn 🙂 have a good afternoon 😀

      • Reminding oneself of what is real is so important. Your father taught such a powerful lesson about compassion and seeing what’s real when he took you guys along. I agree, the root causes are very, well rooted, and so hard to change. How could things change so that we all had a little less and shared more, and didn’t feel less-than as a result? I sure don’t know. The saying hello – the acknowledging – is something I do try to do once in a while, but I need to do it more. Even to nod and smile to someone in a wheelchair can be a step towards that recognition, and one thing that makes that easier is having some personal experience with it, which should start early…bring the kids to the homeless shelter, to the rehab, to the nursing home, and the hospital. Figure out a way to do it compassionately and safely with everyone maintaining some dignity, and it would be – again – a step towards the goal.
        Your Hedy head! Yeah, I like it! 🙂 .

        • yes my father was an empathic and compassionate man…we need people and connection to make strong communities…and patience…i believe it is possible…have a beautiful weekend Lynn 😀 smiles and joy ~ 😀

    • I sure agree. People ought to be treated rightly

  6. Deep sadness and struggle in these images. Trying to sleep must be hell on the street–and that is but one of the many struggles people face. The pregnant woman and the poor pups make my heart ache–the helplessness of a newborn baby to come…and of those devoted pups. It’s difficult to look at these–I wonder what is the best way to help. I know homelessness is a very complex problem…the black and white pictures depict the depth of the problem really well. Sometimes I think we need groups of young, idealistic students full of energy and new ideas to work on this problem. Our government has yet yield any real solutions. :'(

    • all kinds of emotions emerged for me in relation to the numbers of people…and then seeing the same people after 3 years…making sense of the cyclical nature of homelessness…the sadness for me is seeing others walking by/over/through the people…and seeing the pregnant woman daily troubled me…i gave her money each time i saw her…she made no eye contact when i smiled just looked through me…she appeared so alone…i didn’t see her the last two days i was there…thoughts of her linger…when i’m alone with my camera it’s possible to say a little hello easiest with their dogs…who are often their best friends…the pups give unconditional love…i think their pets save their lives…some showed me the tricks their dogs could do which i sensed gave them a sense of purpose a sense of work…connecting with critters is very good…warmer and less lonely…hopefully we have vets who give free care…and shelters/housing that will allow critters…but i don’t know…like you Raven Wolfe i have faith in our youth young, idealistic students…i’ve worked on research projects related to issues of homelessness…and yes government is dysfunctional and one never makes sense of dysfunction but i still believe homelessness can be eliminated…as i do imagine a different world…you know…enjoy the summer breeze what a delicious day…hugs your pups…mine are chilling behind me 😀 hugs

  7. So sad that people have to resort to living this way. Nice captures, Hedy.

    • i think it’s good to feel sad Chris…showing empathy rather than dismissiveness…and having compassion, very few people are out there by choice.
      i appreciate you saying nice captures…i did try my best to show/tell a little visual narrative…happy wednesday 😀

      • I thought you were very respectful of the people you photographed.

        • thank you Chris and yes all beings deserve respect…i am aware/awake to the ethics of photography…and how i use my little black box…my position…i’m reminded of the words of songwriter Ani DiFranco…“Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right.”

          have a snappy day ~ smiles hedy

  8. I know that statue, was taken aback by it and featured it in a post as well. Good juxtaposition with the images of real people, and bravo for not stealing their dignity in the process. (I am not surprised that you avoid Poverty Porn, but it still deserves to be applauded.)

    • yes Penny i’m sure you’ve photographed it as well…it’s a powerful sculpture…reflecting the urban realities of a first world country…don’t need to go anywhere exotic to find poverty…right here in our own backyard…and issues of dignity are always troubling…i’m reminded of my young friend Peter Dreimanis…and the song

      i appreciate your comment Penny as i one of intentions in my work is “As an imagemaker I study how things look and sound. I work daily with my camera and words to compose beautiful “thought things” as one way to form ideas to inspire reflection and rumination, perhaps start a conversation.” we do need to talk about the ways to acknowledge what is evaded…because we can do better 😀 hoping you are enjoying your days in Vancouver…will drop by your blog to see what you have found ~ cheers hedy 😀

  9. A bite of reality. Love is the answer.

  10. we are seeing more homelessness here now.

    • i imagine it’s a global issue…here in etwon we need a shelter on the southside to start with…if we all nudge and nudge…acknowledge truths in our post-truth world and stay awake…just maybe shifts will occur…have a good weekend Gavin 😀

  11. We sleep easy and don’t think how difficult it is for others.

  12. i find this
    very caring 🙂

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