Dinzel is a veteran turned artist that creates drawings to sell on his website www.dinzel.com, which he uses to pay for food. His companion is his cat named Reo whom he trained himself and together they work the corner of Dounton and Gemantown Street in downtown Philadelphia to raise additional income for shelter.
The recording above is a clip from a full video that can be found in The Greater Globe gallery. In the video you'll find a brief conversation where I attempted to capture parts of our dialogue that was exchanged before the recording started. Please forgive me for interrupting him. Lessons come in the rarest form and that one was learn on this day - listen more, talk less.. Hopefully the lesson received by others come as a reminder that homeless people are still people. Regardless of our status we all deserve more respect and less judgement. My hopes behind sharing this is that it'll provide people with a little more insight into the lives of some of those we frequent on street corners and sometimes turn our noses up at.
Next, I can't wait to set my fears aside and capture a more intimate, upclose and personal conversation with local panhandlers, disabled or veterans. I can just imagine the many stories, lessons and value that lives inside someone like Dinzel. Visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/artist.dinzel for more. Share your thoughts.
If I had one gift, one purpose, then I'd like to believe that one was to contribute to society providing unity and love through the art of photography.