In June 2015, I started a personal ongoing series of photographic essays casing lives of real people throughout several cities of the West coast of the United States. People like you and me, who had plans and dreams, but for whatever reason ended up in the streets or shelters.

The idea of the project is rather simple: I engage with them, I listen to their stories and share, whenever allowed, their pictures and written narrative of ours conversations. The project’s purpose is to bring awareness to the fine line that separates society and the homeless and hopefully break this massive social wall that makes them practically invisible for most of us.

Over the timespan of one year, Careful: Soul Inside gained its own gallery exibition and has been showedcase in a few local newspapers and television throughout the West Coast of the United States.

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Doug The Newspaper Boy

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Catherine Melnyk 3 years ago

Such warmth and openness in that face...and those eyes, those eyes...

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#2

Blue Hope

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Lou Wow 3 years ago

He seems like he's suffered much but it hasn't made him unkind.

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Michael The Portland's Dr. House

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Hans 3 years ago

There is some resemblance of Hugh Laurie...

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#4

Gleen: Waiting For The Above

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Catherine Melnyk 3 years ago

Lord, I'm weary...

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#5

Thinking Through The Soul

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Silent Skeleton 3 years ago

His eyes are magical :o)

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#6

It Was Mark Now It Is Philipe

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Mandi Graves 3 years ago

At a quick glance I see Paul Newman

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#7

Darkness

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Catherine Melnyk 3 years ago

Good, good vibrations.

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#8

Black Hope

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Catherine Melnyk 3 years ago

Somewhat fearful and mistrustful...but...hopeful...

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#9

Dale: The Blue Hope

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Catherine Melnyk 3 years ago

Still shy, but what a lovely smile...

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#10

King James!

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Erin Nadeau 3 years ago

You have captured their humanity, and that spark behind their eyes that says 'I'm still here'. This is a powerful series.

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Veronika

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Lou Wow 3 years ago

She looks scared. I hope she's safe.

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#12

The Street Lord

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Catherine Melnyk 3 years ago

I am lost somewhere deep down inside myself...

#13

Michael The Portland's Dr. House Ii

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Catherine Melnyk 3 years ago

Pedro, you are a modern day Josef Karsh

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The Pirate Of The Corndog

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Catherine Melnyk 3 years ago

I've been there, done it all, don't mess with me.

#15

The Wizard Of The Park

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Catherine Melnyk 3 years ago

The eyes have it, in each of your photographs. These are all exquisitely moving...

#16

Gleen: "we're Not All Bums"

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Catherine Melnyk 1 year ago

You have captured the soul...

#17

Green & Black

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Lou Wow 3 years ago

Facing everything with good humour.

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The Wrong Troublemaker

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#19

The Grumpness Of A Kind Heart

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Lou Wow 3 years ago

A bit unsettling this one....

#20

Grateful

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Catherine Melnyk 3 years ago

My brother, Brian, has been homeless off and on in downtown Toronto. Any one of these men could be him. Brian has schizophrenia and is autistic and nearly 70 years old now. I pray for him each night. I hope he is still alive.

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