In April last year, after spending some time on the streets, Chris Alaggia found a place to live at the Empress Hotel in the Downtown Eastside. Now, more than a year after finding his new home, he says the Empress didn’t only give him a roof to live under, but also a neighbourhood to be part of.
On Saturday, Alaggia found a way that may help him show everyone in the city his own perspective about his community. He enroled in the Hope in Shadows photography contest, where 200 single-use cameras are handed out to DTES residents so they can take photos that reflect the life and feel of the neighbourhood.
The contest gives locals like him a chance to “show our view” of the Downtown Eastside and let others “see it from our eyes,” Alaggia said.
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