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"Behind Blue Eyes"

Semester 2 Project: Photograph a Social Issue near and dear to you. I chose Poverty and Mental Illness. I went to Scott's Mission to photograph the people who volunteer there as well as the people who frequent the shelter. I came across a man, sitting outside, all alone, muttering to himself - so I offered him a ciggie which allowed me to sit there, listen and photograph him. He was clearly Schitzophrenic, a condinition I'm all too familiar with. My sister suffers from it. If she is not heavily medicated, the outcome is incoherent rambling, paranoia and deep depression. Just like this sad man, to whom I felt nothing but empathy and compassion for.

The song "Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who comes to mind everytime I look at this image.

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Taken on June 5, 2010