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you and me

Luigi Pasto | Canada

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I was at the counter waiting to pay.

“What do you do?” he asked.

I rambled on about teaching, about psychology, and about homelessness.

He looked at me. “It must be tough working with those people. I just can’t figure why anyone wants to live that way.”

It’s a blur in my mind now, but I’m sure I said something about myths — myths of safety, of security, of health, that things will always be the same, of choosing the freedom of the streets to the prison of domestic traps, of the upstanding serial killer;

about the otherwise picture-perfect world of the Canadian social contract, fear and worry, what’s quietly raging unseen and unheard, just below the surface, what remains when the movie stops, when it all ends;

and about us and them, and the distance between the two, that I’m only one slip away, one unfortunate and unexpected event away — from bottom, and that I’m scared too, and that I need you and much as you need me.

My photography reflects a socially engaged practice focusing on the phenomenology of people’s existence, particularly those who are socially and economically marginalized. My work speaks to issues of migration and relocation, and social identity. My projects engage with people over the course of months and years during which meaningful relationships form the basis of a visual narrative.

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