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Scott Walker
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I photographed this man in Mexico City this past March.
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Photograph of a homeless man in Mexico City. I captured this on a Fuji X100s.
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As I approached him I tried to start a conversation, but it was not going anywhere. I lifted my camera to my eye and he said, "Take the photo!" I clicked and I heard, "Now go F*$# yourself!" I smiled and said thanks - will do, or something along those lines.

"You can't please everyone, and you can't make everyone like you." - Katie Couric
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“In 1994 I was on a construction site in Washington and I remember entering the room and something exploded… I inhaled insulation and whatever else was in that room,” he told me while pointing out scars, recent scabs and more. “It’s in my blood, they can’t get rid of it. That afternoon I rode the bus home from work and when I got home I started throwing up,” he continued to give me more details. "It causes these scabs," he pointed at his arm.

“Are you homeless,” I asked him. “Yes, I am,” he replied with a look of disappointment.

He then pulled an old and weathered health magazine out from under his arm and started flipping through the folded pages. He pointed at several photos, “See, that one looks maybe jaundice (pointing at a man on page 24).” He then headed to the next page, “What’s wrong,” he said while looking down at the many photos on the faded pages. “I don’t know,” I replied.

Before I left he said to me, “Why would you want to tell about me, take my picture – who cares.”

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." -Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998)

A listening ear… that is all you have to offer if you have no means to help another financially. It really is that simple.

Leo Buscaglia, PhD was known as Dr. Love. He was an American Author and motivational speaker. He also worked as a professor of Special Education at the University of Southern California.
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I shot this at Hippie Hill yesterday. This is Dwight, super nice fella. I went out there with the Beesley Animal Clinic to give free vaccinations for dogs and cats on the hill. The folks really appreciated it. I don't think Dwight's cat was too find of it though, judging by the claws.

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect." ~ Mark Twain
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They call him “Mechanic Mike.” He lives atop Hippie Hill in Tennessee and he always has a project beneath his hands.

“Your family – how you feel about yourself and your health – those are the real measure of your success or failure in a human’s short adventure called life.” - Henry "Smokey" Yunick. Smokey was an American mechanic and car designer associated with motorsports. Yunick was deeply involved in the early years of NASCAR. (1923-2001)
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I met Captain America on the streets of Nashville, Tennessee. 

Where did you get the Captain America jacket, I asked with curiosity. “I got it at Walmart,” he told me with a small smile. He then proceeded to tell me that he was living on the street. I thought to myself, what better outfit than Captain America when you spend 24-hours a day on the street.

These are the people who need the help the most on the street, those who are simple in this complex world of make believe and illness.

“If you're gonna fight a war, you got to wear a uniform.” – Captain America
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