This is the cover picture of Hope in Shadows, 2007 Downtown Eastside Portrait Calendar. I bought one yesterday from a volunteer on Grandville St. The picture captures a moment in which three-year-old girl’s leans forward to kiss her best friend on the forehead in Vancouver Downtown Eastside.
The picture was taken by Hannah Walker, 14-year-old girl living on the Downtown Eastside, she sees thriving in a neighborhood. When I think about Downtown Eastside, I do tend to think only about homeless, drugs and crimes as my stereotype of the place.
The images in the 2007 Downtown Eastside Portrait Calendar including this one really smashed my stereotype and start to think again what kind of the place really is. To see more of images on this calendar, click here