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Romanian photographer captures homeless people of San Francisco as they dream to be seen

A Romanian photographer made the dreams of these homeless men and women come true by capturing them as the person they aspire to be.

Horia Manolache got to know 14 people living on the streets of San Francisco, US, learning many still hoped to becoming beauty queens and chefs, or even just known for their sense of humour.

He then got hold of costumes, food, clothing, money, and sometimes places to stay to capture each of them as they exist today and how they dream to be seen.

Tammy, who wanted to be a Miss America winner.

Tammy, who wanted to be a Miss America winner.

 

Horia said: “The goal of my project was to show these people in an unlikely approach and from an unlikely distance.

“I’m trying to change a mentality, a generalization that has made its mark on the homeless people.

“Some people have a tendency to broadly categorise homeless individuals as lazy or lost victims of mental illness.

“I hope my project will do some justice in this matter and I hope it is a part of a bigger movement.”

Since completing the project, named “the Prince and the Pauper”, Horia has morphed it into a self-published book, for which he raising funds to help the homeless.

Bill who wanted to be a professor.

Bill who wanted to be a professor.

The Romanian-born photographer says the significant homeless population was the first thing he noticed after arriving in the US city.

But as he went about his daily work, he began to see the same faces and become familiar with San Francisco’s homeless residents.

“I began to be familiar with the people that I saw everyday,” he said. “I began to speak with them.

“I started to ask myself ‘what brought these individuals here and how would their lives have been different had they been given the option to pursue their dreams?

“My project is about the dreams of the people who have forgotten to dream or couldn’t dream.

Honey, who wanted to be a scuba diver.

Honey, who wanted to be a scuba diver.

“They reached a moment in their life when they don’t have food, water, they don’t have a place to wash themselves, the bank took their house, their mind is unsettled from war horrors or they are wanted by police for an unpaid bill.

“Now imagine you are in this moment and you want to dream.”

Pops who was in the Vietnam war wanted to be a chef.

Pops who was in the Vietnam war wanted to be a chef.

Researchers estimate that the total number of homeless adults and children residing in San Francisco in 2013 was 7,350.

Statistics from 2015 showed a slight increase to 7,539, while a 10-year survey of data noted a 7 percent increase overall in the number of homeless individuals in San Francisco.

Shad, who wanted to be a police officer

Shad, who wanted to be a police officer

 

McKayas who wanted to be a clown.

McKayas who wanted to be a clown.

Not named - wanted to be a pilot.

Not named – wanted to be a pilot.

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