Suicidal Tendencies?...Perhaps! (Please Read)...5th of Street Youth Series

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Photo license: © All rights reserved

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. I spent 3 weeks working on the project, mainly at night and the early hours of the morning.

Cinema Tribute: Film Noir

Street Youth Suicide in Canada: a Qualitative Analysis

A study was developed to address the problem of the high rates of suicidality found among street youth. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 80 street youth in agencies and on the streets of Toronto and Vancouver. Participants described the meanings suicide held for them and their understandings of the phenomenon of suicide among street youth. Qualitative analysis of the interviews revealed themes of worthlessness, loneliness, hopelessness, and most centrally the feeling of being 'trapped' that form the construct of suicide held by the participants.

In my 'Photojournalism' collection.

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

24 responses

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (25 Jul 2012):

    James, this is ART !!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (25 Jul 2012):

    It is excellent, as all your work is, the narrative is very interesting and sad, but true.

  • kenneth boston

    kenneth boston gave props (25 Jul 2012):

    what a wonderful portrait,

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (25 Jul 2012):

    This real life series has so much power in the images.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (25 Jul 2012):

    Tough, cool!

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (25 Jul 2012):

    Another strong portrait.


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (25 Jul 2012):

    Great series James, very powerful portraits.

  • mark yugawa

    mark yugawa   gave props (26 Jul 2012):

    A powerful portrait and story to go along with it.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (26 Jul 2012):

    I absolutely love your series....a look into what most look past.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (26 Jul 2012):

    Very thought provoking image, and narrative to go with it.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (26 Jul 2012):

    Very thought provoking image, and narrative to go with it. Amazing what bands come up with for a name these days.

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (26 Jul 2012):

    This is quite a series, James. Very moving.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (26 Jul 2012):


  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (27 Jul 2012):

    Poignant and a great reflection on a troubling issue..powerful shot!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (28 Jul 2012):

    This young man has such a blank look on his face. The lock around his neck fits this expression. Trapped thoughts perhaps. Awesome photo James.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (28 Jul 2012):

    Powerful essay and series....Suicides always leave unanswered questions behind and so hard on the families who are not prepared...My father-in-law commented suicde in the late 1970's and in 1992 his youngest son ( my husband's brouther ) did the same thing...No one ever knew why...

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (29 Jul 2012):


  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    Great b&w capture!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (31 Jul 2012):


  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (31 Jul 2012):

    Such a powerful image!! I lost a brother to suicide, the pain never leaves you, ever!! And the numbers of suicides in the younger population keeps rising, it`s very concerning..

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (31 Jul 2012):

    Another powerful portrait in this thought provoking series.

  • Lori D'Ambrosio

    Lori D'Ambrosio gave props (4 Aug 2012):

    such a strong image. I love the contrast.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (5 Aug 2012):

    Wow, this is powerful. Your narrative describes troubled people very well.

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (9 Aug 2012):

    Powerful Image

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