“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.
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 Mikaël Theimer, and is causing residents to overlook – or avoid – issues that demand acknowledgment and remedy, such as homelessness.
“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.
“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
La vie est belle
“I’m teaching you how to give.”
Don’t mind me
The flip side of the coin
A nap in the park
If the social ladder is broken, take the stairs
Chilling with my friends
Parking spots have cheaper rent
I wish I had a couch
The invisible woman
But not traveling light
Stairs make great pillows
Home is where my hammock hangs
I missed my train
Raindrops keep falling on my head
Sending out an S.O.S.
Can we share that bagel?
“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?
Don’t get too close, I bite
Stuck in the middle
Just like home
Thank you for viewing these
Now stop looking away when you see me
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