First Night on the Street...1st of Street Youth Series

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© James Wiley
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In 1992, I was asked by the United Church of Canada to produce a photo essay about street youth for display at a major conference it was hosting and for use in its magazine 'The Observer'. I spent 3 weeks working on it usually at night or the early hours of the morning.

At about 2 am one day I found this young girl wandering aimlessly, looking dressed for school and clutching a sleeping bag. It was so obvious that she did not belong and was very frightened. I quickly found a police cruiser to investigate and she was delivered back to her home that morning.

The essay received national magazine awards in both Canada and the USA.

Nikon F3, 24mm f2.8 lens...TRI-X @1600. Printed in Edwal Ultra Black, Agfa paper grade 4

In the Street Youth...Their Story! photo essay.

68 responses

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (3 Jul 2012):

    A very moving photo James. Kudos to you for helping her out!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (3 Jul 2012):

    Excellent documentary work! Thankfully, U took time to help, poignant shot!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (3 Jul 2012):

    Great rescue story! Thanks for posting

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (3 Jul 2012):

    A W E S O M E ! ! !

  • Roy M. Gunnels

    Roy M. Gunnels gave props (3 Jul 2012):

    Brilliant work James!

  • Bruce Baker

    Bruce Baker   gave props (3 Jul 2012):

    Magnificent

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (3 Jul 2012):

    Powerful image. Deeply moving. Thankful you helped her. Sadly, there are so many like her who aren't rescued.

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith said (3 Jul 2012):

    The situation is well documented. You've captured the unknown she faces.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (3 Jul 2012):

    A deep and powerful photo and as Susan says you have captured the unknown she faces perfectly.

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (3 Jul 2012):

    Stong street portrait. Good illustration.

  • chuck vona

    chuck vona   gave props (3 Jul 2012):

    Your description adds to the power of the photo. Well done.

  • kenneth boston

    kenneth boston gave props (3 Jul 2012):

    fantastic

  • Elsa Mein

    Elsa Mein gave props (3 Jul 2012):

    great shot!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (3 Jul 2012):

    You did the right thing! Poor scared little girl.....hope it turned out well for her. So sad to see this more and more.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (4 Jul 2012):

    A poignant capture. Her expression definitely shows her uncertainty. Thank you for your kindness!!

  • ROCIO GUILLEN

    ROCIO GUILLEN   gave props (4 Jul 2012):

    What a story! Excellent image!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (4 Jul 2012):

    sad....and beautiful at the same time.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (7 Jul 2012):

    This is a powerful image and I wish there were more people out there that reached out like you did. I was once her.

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (7 Jul 2012):

    It is a very moving image. There is great sadness and fear, two things we never wish our children to experience.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (9 Jul 2012):

    Sad with a good ending, hopefully, great capture !

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (9 Jul 2012):

    Yikes, that is scary. Great entry.

  • Justin Matthew

    Justin Matthew said (9 Jul 2012):

    great shot

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (9 Jul 2012):

    You happened to be in the right place at the right time and probably turned this young girls life around for the better...Great entry!.

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott gave props (9 Jul 2012):

    BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (10 Jul 2012):

    Striking Fear in the Heart of JPG's Theme Park

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (10 Jul 2012):

    She looks so lost and alone.. an excellent image, narrative and entry !

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (15 Jul 2012):

    i agree with Susan, compliments

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia gave props (16 Jul 2012):

    fantastic capture. great entry

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (17 Jul 2012):

    This is brilliant, James. What a marvelous outcome for this young lady. Your photo is awesome. I love it!!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt   gave props (18 Jul 2012):

    great pic and you stepped up which few people do...

  • V

    V gave props (18 Jul 2012):

    sad and touching with her situation reflected honestly in her face. but what's special is that she revealed it to you on camera.

  • Yaz Hawkins

    Yaz Hawkins said (20 Jul 2012):

    Fantastic shot, James!

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (21 Jul 2012):

    I agree with charles! nice!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (22 Jul 2012):

    Great shot

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (22 Jul 2012):

    She looks so terrified and if I found myself alone and on the street, I would be terrified!!! So fantastic that you helped her out!!! This is a powerful image!!!

  • Gerard Sweeney

    Gerard Sweeney said (23 Jul 2012):

    Great photography, says it all, well done getting her home safe

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (27 Jul 2012):

    A "Hot" deserved, the bundle in his arms like a baby in diapers.

  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff   said (2 Aug 2012):

    A very moving story and excellent capture, I hope this young lady is doing well today.

  • Giampaolo Lolli

    Giampaolo Lolli   gave props (12 Aug 2012):

    Excellent b/w!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever   gave props (13 Aug 2012):

    Awesome!

  • Jim A

    Jim A gave props (14 Aug 2012):

    Amazing snap! well done

  • MindTheStep

    MindTheStep gave props (20 Aug 2012):

    moving capture!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (21 Aug 2012):

    Maybe my favorite, this waif, in your powerful series!

  • G. Downie

    G. Downie gave props (13 Sep 2012):

    Great set; in fact your entire portfolio here is quite stellar. Touching and poignant image....cool that you got it right in front of the old Sam The Record Man on Younge Street.

  • D. Smetana

    D. Smetana gave props (8 Oct 2012):

    I think this is my favorite in the series. Highlights the vulnerability.

  • J.L. Sofka

    J.L. Sofka (Deleted) said (25 Oct 2012):

    How touching!

  • Chris Jennings

    Chris Jennings said (3 Nov 2012):

    The whole set is masterful; this is the masterpiece. Poignancy, poverty, defiance, pride, all captured in an image that, although sensitive, pulls no punches.

  • Patrick Farley

    Patrick Farley said (2 Jul 2013):

    So much story in one photo- great!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (26 Jul 2013):

    Excellent photography! my vote!

  • Christopher Griesé

    Christopher Griesé gave props (9 Aug 2013):

    Compelling image!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   said (9 Sep 2013):

    BTV!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (9 Sep 2013):

    Back to vote!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield said (10 Sep 2013):

    Back to vote!!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (10 Sep 2013):

    Back to Vote!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (10 Sep 2013):

    I come back to vote!!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (11 Sep 2013):

    voting!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 Sep 2013):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (21 Sep 2013):

    Back to vote!!!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (24 Sep 2013):

    Back to Vote!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (30 Sep 2013):

    what a great shot.....vote

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott gave props (30 Sep 2013):

    My Vote!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (4 Oct 2013):

    BTV.

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (5 Oct 2013):

    GMV twice! Well done!

  • Harsh Wardhan

    Harsh Wardhan said (12 Oct 2013):

    great shot...my vote!

  • Mark Andrews

    Mark Andrews   gave props (15 Oct 2013):

    Voted

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (16 Oct 2013):

    BTV!

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (19 Oct 2013):

    A perfect image, a powerful story, great entry!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever   gave props (30 Nov 2013):

    Wonderful photo journalism. Voted!

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