Faces of Edmonton

Telling Edmonton’s stories one photo and one conversation at a time. Shayne Woodsmith is a photographer and an award-winning writer.

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“This is my buddy. I met him while picking in a back alley....
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“This is my buddy. I met him while picking in a back alley....
“This is my buddy. I met him while picking in a back alley. Pretty close to a month ago now … no more drinking of the bad stuff. I just got out of the hospital. I was drinking that hand sanitizer. Lots of people on the street drink it. I had a seizure. I was at the Misericordia. I feel better now...
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“I actually just got back from a job interview for a position at...
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“I actually just got back from a job interview for a position at a physio clinic … it was probably one of the better ones I’ve ever had actually. I’m pretty sure I said all the right things and I hope they like me, that’s always the hope … I’m studying for the MCAT right now to try to get into me...
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“Canada is the place you can grow. I’ve lived in a lot of...
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“Canada is the place you can grow. I’ve lived in a lot of countries … You have to enjoy your life. You can’t work until you’re seventy-five. You only have one life. When I had kids, I had kids very young. I have one boy and one girl … at the time my sister, she was thirteen years old, she lived w...
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“My brother-in-law came here first in 1985 and so me and my wife...
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“My brother-in-law came here first in 1985 and so me and my wife came to Canada, to Edmonton. I’ve been in Edmonton since 1988 … I learned from my uncle back home in Vietnam. He worked on shoes in front of my house. So I was just hanging around, wandering around with him, working with him. He did...
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Sudanese refugee in Paris migrant camp“Where does the help come...
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Sudanese refugee in Paris migrant camp“Where does the help come...
Sudanese refugee in Paris migrant camp“Where does the help come from?”“Lots of people here come to help us. They give us food and supplies. They don’t work for an organization; they’re normal people. Good people from France. They bring us all—clothes and food.”“Where do you want to go?”“We want t...
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Sudanese refugee in Paris migrant camp“I want to go from here—to...
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Sudanese refugee in Paris migrant camp“I want to go from here—to...
Sudanese refugee in Paris migrant camp“I want to go from here—to England or Canada—but they don’t let me to go from here. If you want to move from country to country, they close the borders. Why? I don’t know. They don’t want us to go. Why? What’s the problem? No problem. They don’t want us to mo...
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Sudanese Refugees in a Paris Migrant Camp
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On a trip to Paris, we visited a migrant camp in an abandoned high school in northern Paris on Rue Jean Quarre. A friend who helped migrants and refugees with paperwork offered to escort us to the former school to meet a few of the migrants. The school housed about 250 migrants and was separated ...
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“This is Olive. She’s a Lab German shepard cross. I’ve had her...
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“This is Olive. She’s a Lab German shepard cross. I’ve had her...
“This is Olive. She’s a Lab German shepard cross. I’ve had her for a couple weeks … she has a toy duck and that’s her favourite. It’s the same size as her.”
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“I think that we should always try to push ourselves, working...
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“I think that we should always try to push ourselves, working...
“I think that we should always try to push ourselves, working toward something, not always striving for perfection but striving for progression, you know … I’d like to finish my degree. I’m a nurse LPN right now and I want to finish my RN. That’s something, but I just want to be happy and have a ...
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“Jamaica on the beach. I’m tired of this weather,” he says,...
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“Jamaica on the beach. I’m tired of this weather,” he says,...
“Jamaica on the beach. I’m tired of this weather,” he says, chuckling. “Sitting on the beach, I don’t know what I’d be drinking but I’d be having jerk chicken or jerk beef, I could eat that stuff all day … I actually got married in Jamaica, did an all-inclusive, just went with about thirty friend...
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