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HANDS OF HUMANITY

A Photo Journal of Street Life

street art toronto croppedStreet Art Toronto

While researching my novel, Castoff, I wandered San Francisco talking to young people living hand to mouth. I was amazed at the instant rapport established when I asked the question: "What animal would you like to be?"

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Street Art San Francisco

What started as research has taken on a creative life of it's own.

4 White woman handsStreet Art San Francisco

I choose to photograph hands, not only to protect people's privacy, but because the hand is the most frequently symbolized part of the human body. Hands represent strength and power, love and friendship, and, in the case of my subjects, need.

Here's a sample of my project. For more, please follow me on Instagram:
https://instagram.com/handsofhumanity/

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We are human. We are creative.

 

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This is my camera--an old iPhone4.reorient_4(So please forgive the occasional focus problems!)

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Homeless Young Woman Holding a Kitten1 kitten

18 kitten 2"I'd be this kitten. Then everyone would love me."

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Homeless Young Woman With Her Dog herion girl w:dog

6 Liz bowing"I'd like to be a wolf because when I was little, instead of the monster under the bed, I imagined a wolf. After a while I thought the wolf was protecting me and he became my homie."

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Homeless Skateboarder in Golden Gate Park9 skateboard dolphin1

skateboard dude"I'd choose to be a dolphin because they are proclaimed to be the smartest mammal besides humans. Humans use only 10% of their brains. Dolphins use 100% of theirs. So if I was a dolphin, I'd be full instead of incomplete."

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Homeless Young Man With His Dog13 pit

8 pit 2"I'd be a pit. Just like my buddy. We'd have some good times."

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Young Homeless Artist Drawing a Zombie17 Sean 1

Version 2"I'd be a bird because they don't have to eat very much."

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Homeless Young Man Holding a Tattered Bible25 swan 1

16 Bible"I'd be a swan. They glide so smooth. They're beautiful."

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Young Homeless Couple With Their DogsIMG_5409 copy copy

"I'd like to be a little dog, so I could get cuddled and carried around."

45 coyote"I'd be a coyote because they're super sly and they know how to survive."

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Homeless Young Man Panhandling and Reading 2 take it easy 2

2 take it easy 1"I'd be a turkey vulture because they are minimalist. They don't kill. They just eat what's left over. They're reactive and responsive to the world and to the elements."

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Young Homeless Artist Drawing WingsVersion 3

girl drawing no lighter_3"I'd choose dog because they're sociable and people want to be with them."

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Two Struggling Young Mothers mom and baby"I'd be a kangaroo, so I could carry my baby and keep him close."

3 mother and child"If I could, I'd be a tiger. Or a lion. Something that no one would mess with."

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Homeless Young Man Who Likes Crystals and Beads74 Meech 1

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"I would be a Leviathan. It's a biblical sea monster.  Then I could explore the ocean. It would be a whole new world."

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Formerly Homeless Young Man With His Loyal DogVersion 2

90 Dan and Rudey 2“When I was younger I would say wolf because my family was dangerous people, and later I would say coyote because I was cunning, but now I would choose dog because they are friendly. That is how I want to be in the world.”

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spongebob hat"I'd be a rhinoceros because they have bad-ass horns. If someone tried to mess with me they'd be sorry.  I'd never be hungry. I could just munch on grass."

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owl 2"I'd be an owl so I could be wise."

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wolf pack"We'd be wolves so we could run in a pack together."

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dog water"I would be a fox because they're slinky. They have beautiful strong features and they make crazy cool sounds."

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13 honey badger"I'd be a honey badger because they have no worries except dachshunds. I think I could handle a wiener dog."

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15 Yoga hands"I'd be a horse because they can run fast and they're strong and they're charming. They know how to connect with humans."

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12 hat"It would be cool to be an elephant because they're big and smart. So long as I wasn't in the circus."

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15 bucket"I'd be a cat because they're sneaky as hell and I'm already living the dog's life."

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11 turtle "I'd be a turtle. Then I'd always have a house."

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9 beard"Goats have beards, right? And they can eat anything. That would be handy. Yeah, I'd definitely be a goat."

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1 Jeff reaching in tree clean"Turn me into a squirrel, so I can live in this tree."

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Thinking out of the Box no background

We are human. We are creative.