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An incredible reunion

A chance encounter brought a father and daughter back together again, sparking an extraordinarily moving journey of love and forgiveness in the face of mental illness, homelessness, and hardship.

While documenting homeless people on the streets of Honolulu, Diana Kim came across her own father. The man who she remembered abandoning her as a child was now homeless, unwashed, dressed in rags, and extremely thin.

Worst of all, he didn’t even recognize her. Read more about the emotional story to discover what happened next.

Photography · Poetry · Visual Art · Writing

The Swing – Childhood Lost

Empty swing

Childhood… for some a gleeful, loving time. For others, endless trauma and despair.

Like childhood, a swing can be a reflection of pure joy, letting a child soar into the sky, believing they can sweep their hand through the fleecy, luminescent clouds. For some children, however, joy is overshadowed by anguish and pain. There is no lasting happiness, only the dark, dripping wet swing mimicking the suffering that marks their daily existence. The swing hangs still, a cold rain dripping despair onto the iron ground.

The joy has vanished like the child who, instead of transforming this scene into a gleeful moment, has been swallowed by the shadowy forest dominating the background.

Participant Artist – Michael J. O’Connell

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Another photo from Rio

Long-time PWA Participant Artist Dragonsong wants to share another photo from her trip to Rio de Janeiro in 2007.

“We visited the huge and awe-inspiring statue of Christ. It is a magnificent monument.”

The statue is called Christ the Redeemer, or in Portuguese, Cristo Redentor. The style is Art Deco. It was designed by a French sculptor named Paul Landowski and built by engineers Heitor da Silva Costa, a Brazilian, and Albert Caquot, a Frenchman.

Previously, Dragonsong shared a photo of a sunset from the same trip.