Tuesday, August 11, 2009


La Bourse Paris France

Having lived in several big cities in my life I've seen my fair share of homeless, drunks, street urchins and drug fiends, people living in the shadows and dumpsters of society.

I began taking photos of "street life" in Paris in 2007, the 2nd arrondissement is a neighbourhood full of cafes, "chic" restaurants and even a shop that's entire product line consisted of different types of olive oil, not exactly a rough place, but in this picturesque cliche of a Parisian neighbourhood lived many homeless people, all red faced and piss themselves drunk at 7am by the Starbucks, it was like a tiny micro cosmos of expensive clothing and cardboard lean-tos.

At first I was obviously apprehensive to take photos of these people, after all they are "down and out", should I feel like I'm exploiting their lack of cash liquidity ? In the end, I'm not really sure, but perhaps someday we will look at these images in disgust and relief saying to ourselves " I can't believe how barbaric people used to be. "

Metro station St. Lazare Paris France

Metro station La Chapelle Paris France

Second arrondissement Paris France

Unknown metro station Paris France

Chatelet Les Halles Paris France

All photographs the property of Kale J. Friesen and may not be used with out his consent for fucks sakes.

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