Another Pokemon Street, Sydney, Australia
This is a portrait of Loci, who lives in the tents behind him. We enjoyed having a chat and, he says “he once had a home with four (brick) walls”. He is quite happy to live where he lives, and he enjoys the company of the others who live in the park. I myself wonder if he is putting on a front for our conversation, but he tells me, “this is his community”. He gave up his old home as it didn’t interest him. He isn’t on a pension and lives on the donations of passers by and what ever else he can do. He is blind in one eye so so limited by what he can do safely, and originally from o/s so I’m not sure of his eligibility for a pension.
This is a copy of a painting that i did a few years back, The Pioneer by Frederick McCubben. I remember i didn’t nail it, so i decided not to share it. Anyway i went to a considerable amount of trouble so here it is. I could easily go back and re-edit it now, but it is an okay representation. I would do it differently today.