After 10 Years Of Photographing Homeless People, Photographer Discovers Her Own Father Among Them

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After 10 Years Of Photographing Homeless People, Photographer Discovers Her Own Father Among Them

Parents are the whole world for kids. Their affectionate, love and protection enlighten the life of children. So the separations and problems between parents change the life of a kid.  Moreover, probably it ends up with losing the love of father or mother or even both.

Diana Kim was raised with her friends and relatives since her parents separate in her younger age. So she lost contact with her father, who worked as a photographer when they split. Diana continues photography which learned from her father and began to work on long term project about the homeless.  Throughout her project, she made a shocking discovery of founding father as a homeless man…!!

“I found him standing at the corner of a busy intersection staring into the asphalt. His hair was matted, and his head rolled in small circles. . . I inched closer towards him, feeling a sense of uncertainty, and finally found the courage to call out to him. He didn’t hear me. He couldn’t hear me. I slowly stepped closer and mustered up the courage to tap him on the shoulder. Still nothing. He didn’t look up. He didn’t turn around. By now there were a couple of pedestrians who had noticed my efforts, and I could feel their eyes burning into my back and face. I could feel their curiosity pierce through space between my father and me. The vast emptiness between us was broken by a woman who approached me and said, ‘Don’t bother, he has been standing there for days.’ Diana elaborated on the incident.

Diana Kim started to document the homeless in 2003

After 10 Years Of Photographing Homeless People, Photographer Discovers Her Own Father Among Them
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She learned about photography from her father, but lost touch with him when her parents divorced

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However, though she invited him to visit her place, he refused the invitation. As well as the other requests such as to get treatment, take medication, eat, bathe, or wear any of the new clothes which she brought him, all were rejected. So she started to look at him from her car while thinking about his recovery from schizophrenia.

In 2012, Kim was shocked to discover her father amongst the homeless she was was photographing

After 10 Years Of Photographing Homeless People, Photographer Discovers Her Own Father Among Them
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After 10 Years Of Photographing Homeless People, Photographer Discovers Her Own Father Among Them
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One day she got a phone call from her cousin by saying that her father was hospitalized due to a heart attack. Even it was a dark moment, she got a chance to meet her stubborn father and explain the importance of him. So he accepted finally agree to receive help through a treatment plan. Day by day, he recovered, and he was able to control his life as a normal human. Now he got a new life with new plans and hopes.


“I had been searching for my father for weeks and finally found him sitting behind a dumpster, tucked under a bush for shade”

After 10 Years Of Photographing Homeless People, Photographer Discovers Her Own Father Among Them
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“He suffered from severe schizophrenia, and left untreated, he was not always responsive”

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“As I pulled up into the parking lot, I saw my father’s figure and my heart nearly stopped. He looked better than I had expected, and so different from the last image I had of him in the hospital, It felt so good to see him so healthy, and standing so tall again. We must have hugged for a couple of minutes”, likewise she expressed happiness.

“There were many instances when it appeared as if he was arguing with someone, but nobody was there”

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It was only after a heart-attack saw him hospitalized that Kim’s father agreed to seek treatment for his condition

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This is a story of a homeless and hopeless man who finally found a happy place where he truly belongs. Don’t you believe that it was a miracle incident?

“I gave my old camera to my dad, in hopes of sparking his interest in photography and giving him something to look forward to. I want him to stay in this good place”

After 10 Years Of Photographing Homeless People, Photographer Discovers Her Own Father Among Them
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After just a few months, he was significantly better. “It felt good to see him so health, and standing so tall again”

After 10 Years Of Photographing Homeless People, Photographer Discovers Her Own Father Among Them
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“My dad spends a lot time with friends and is actively looking for a job”

After 10 Years Of Photographing Homeless People, Photographer Discovers Her Own Father Among Them
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Kim told NextShark, “I have learned to continue embracing personal and spiritual challenges as an opportunity for growth”

After 10 Years Of Photographing Homeless People, Photographer Discovers Her Own Father Among Them
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“Life itself is a gift. I am so grateful to see him alive and doing better. I appreciate what we have right here, right now”

After 10 Years Of Photographing Homeless People, Photographer Discovers Her Own Father Among Them
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After 10 Years Of Photographing Homeless People, Photographer Discovers Her Own Father Among Them
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Let’s pray for rest of others also may get a better place on the earth…!!

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