When It Rains, It Pours

Posted by
Rick (Toronto, Canada) on 24 June 2018 in Documentary & Street.

Another of the far too many homeless people living a hard life on the hard sidewalks of my city. This man is surrounded by gleaming bank towers in the so-called Financial District. He is positioned above a subway vent for warmth during the cold of night, and someone (possibly him) has placed an orange pylon nearby to alert the very close drivers of his presence.

NIKON D7200 1/1250 second F/5.6 ISO 400 23 mm

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

An umbrella put to good use.

24 Jun 2018 5:35am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

I find it so sad ! I always wonder why they put themselves so near the cars, inhaling gases, a very inhospitable place ! Even if it is to have the heat of the subway !

24 Jun 2018 6:18am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Always sad to see . . could be any of us.

24 Jun 2018 6:28am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

The hands are striking in this poignant shot as is the still life made by his meagre possessions

24 Jun 2018 9:44am

Devi from Chennai, India

Aw!! I thought that Canada had no homeless people ! I really was under the impression that only in Asia we find foot path dwellers !

24 Jun 2018 1:32pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Is he a Refugee by the way ?

24 Jun 2018 1:33pm

@Devi: Thanks for your feedback, Devi. Canada has thousands and thousands of homeless people. We are a good country trying to take care of our own and accepting refugees and immigrants (who do so much to make this a better country), but we have much improving to do. This is probably a citizen of the big city who could no longer "make ends meet", or is one of so many people with mental illness who seem to haunt the streets. It is a vast problem and needs serious attention, and a lot of empathy.

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

That is a very sad scene. I worry about him being so close to the street.

24 Jun 2018 10:44pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A very sad state that is hard to ignore. However, many who are provided the help often ignore it. He definitely puts himself in a precarious and dangerous spot. I hope that's not a cigarette he's holding.

25 Jun 2018 12:01am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Devi's comment is interesting. Canada and the USA shouldn't have so many homeless people. Something is wrong when so few own most of the wealth and also can buy control of the political system. At least, that seems to be the way it works here.

25 Jun 2018 12:44am

Devi from Chennai, India

This is sad.
I wish there are enough homes or institutions to take care of them.
Frankly speaking..I am scared of refugees...only because we don't know whether they are real refugees or....
All over the world, the countries are being infilterated by people...who call themselves refugees...

28 Jun 2018 3:34pm