While You Ignored These 30 Uncomfortable Situations, This Photographer Was Prompted To Capture Them

?If we all saw [the homeless] as humans - and not just ?beggars? - then maybe we?d realize it?s quite a messed up society we?ve built for ourselves?? says the artist.

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer


Montreal is a big city. And like in any metropolis, there is a lot going on. From the construction of new buildings to rushed mid-day lunch meetings, it?s easy to get caught up in the busy happenings of the city.

Unfortunately, this is becoming far too common, according to photographer Mikael Theimer, and is causing residents to overlook – or avoid – issues that demand acknowledgment and remedy, such as homelessness.?

In a photo series he shared with Bored Panda, Theimer drew attention to the fact that ?there?s a vast majority of people who do everything they can to NOT see the homeless.??

He states:?

?You know exactly what I mean: you?ve spotted one from a few meters away, so you speed up your pace, take your phone out or look the other way, making sure to avoid this uncomfortable moment when you just know they?re going to ask for some spare change and you?ll say no??

Theimer photographs the homeless and documents their stories, so knows first-hand how many individuals on the street need help.

He says:

?Understand that I am not judging you in any way; hell, I used to be you. But one day I realized the homeless are humans, just like me. And if we all saw them as humans ? and not just ?beggars? ? then maybe we?d realize it?s quite a messed up society we?ve built for ourselves? I mean, how did we come to think it was okay to have so many of us living in such miserable conditions??

It?s this passion that spurred Theimer to document the following:

Dreams of a better life

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

La vie est belle

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?I?m teaching you how to give.?

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Don?t mind me

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Credit: Mikael Theimer

Grocery shopping

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Lap dance

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

The flip side of the coin

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Place-des-arts

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

A nap in the park

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

If the social ladder is broken, take the stairs

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Chilling with my friends

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Parking spots have cheaper rent

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

I wish I had a couch

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

The invisible woman

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

But not traveling light

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Stairs make great pillows

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Home is where my hammock hangs

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

I missed my train

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Raindrops keep falling on my head

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Ground zero

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Sending out an S.O.S.

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Can we share that bagel?

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Says Theimer:

?Take a good look at this sad aspect of our society, and stop looking away because it?s not gonna go away on its own. And next time you see one, whether you wanna give them some change or not, don?t look the other way. Because for having chatted with quite a few homeless people, I can tell you that they?ll appreciate your smile much more than your 1$ coin.?

Daddy, why is the man sleeping here?

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Social asymmetry

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Don?t get too close, I bite

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Sleepy head

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Stuck in the middle

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Just like home

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Thank you for viewing these

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Now stop looking away when you see me

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Credit: Mikael Theimer

Follow this activist?s work by visiting their website and Facebook page.?

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