Hawaiian-based photographer 30-year-old Diana Kim had started a personal photo-project back in 2003. Kim learned that her passion and craft on the art of photography was inherited from his father who owned a photo studio back then when she was only five years old.
“I first started photographing the homeless community in my first year of college. I gravitated towards the homeless because in some ways I identified with their struggle. I knew what it meant to be discarded, to be neglected, and to not have the stability and economic freedom I wanted. Overall, I understood their struggle because I struggled in the same way,” said Kim, as posted in NextShark.
Wherein, Kim was documenting homeless community in Honolulu. She made a shocking discovery in 2012 when she found out her estranged father was among the homeless.
“There were nights when I wouldn’t find him and other days when I least expected it, and he would be standing on the corner of a street. He suffered from severe schizophrenia, and left untreated, he was not always responsive. There were many instances when it appeared as if he was arguing with someone, but nobody was there,” Kim told NBC News in an interview.
But, still she continued to bring his father food, news clothes and even urged him to get treatment.
It was until October 2014 when Kim received a call from her cousin saying that her father had a heart-attack and was rushed into the critical unit of the hospital.
The heart-attack incident has become a blessing in disguise. It was the time Kim’s father was finally convinced to take medications and treatment by and by.
Today, Kim’s father is doing well and still continuing his treatment, he even is pursuing to do a part-time job and is planning to visit his family in South Korea soon.
“Photography is not just about creating images — it is my window to experiencing the world and sharing relationships with people and things that I am drawn to. Looking through the lens and capturing that moment also captures my feelings in that moment. My goal, long before my father ever became homeless, was to humanize those who lived on the streets. They each have a story, and I hope that by sharing my own story, it helps to give new perspective,” said Kim to an interview in NextShark.
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