I meet homeless people everyday. I used to kick them out of tramways almost every single day when I worked as tram driver. I used to avoid them and was afraid of crossing my ways with them. However, recently I decided to do this project, where I’d have to confront my fears, approach them and therefore to spend some time with them.

I’d love to thank especially to my daughter, who supported me while taking these photos but also psychically. Life stories of homeless people I met made me cry many times.

Each of them had different reason to end up on a street. It’s enormously difficult for them to join normal life but many don’t even want to anymore. They learnt to live from one day to the other while not expecting anything. They have their freedom. Of course, they have nothing, so they have nothing to loose.

I named this project “Black & White World”, because for them the world has become just black and white. They don’t live in harmony with nature but in harmony with city. With city called Brno in Czech Republic.

I asked homeless people to write their last job or school they studied on colorful papers. Why colorful? Because at that time, their lives still had colors. Most of them lost their jobs when big factories around the city closed down or they are invalids, who are not supported by state enough to live normal life and ended up on a street. Unfortunately, people presented in this project are just small part from whole number of people being without home in city where I live. In the end I’d like to add, that I wish all of them luck and I’m very grateful for the cooperation and sharing all the stories with me.

“Machinist”

“Varnisher”

“Locksmith & Taxi driver”

“Labourer in mine”

“Invalid”

“Chef”

“Carpenter”

“Chef”

“Chef”

“Mechanist of tooling”

“Carpenter – Cabinetmaker”

“Carpenter – Cabinetmaker”

“Invalid”

“Invalid”

“Carpenter”

“Mason”

While I was returning home in the evening, I saw this group of homeless people hiding from the rain. I decided to buy them bottle of wine and to chat with them a bit. Even though some of them refused to join the project before, they shared their amazing stories with me during this time.