I met this man several times at various Venice events I shot. He goes by the name Keetoowah Eagle Soaring.
Each time I saw him he struck me as someone who must have suffered a lot in his life yet was now at peace with himself and the world.
A few days ago I bumped into him again as he was getting back home and had a conversation under his building's porch (pictured here). He immediately mentioned the Michelangelo painting replica on the porch's ceiling, of which he was very proud.
He told me about his life: the good times, the excess, the descent into homelessness, his recovery and his new life under a roof. He now lives a few steps from the beach in a permanent housing facility for the homeless. Throughout our conversation he kept repeating how grateful he is to be able to live there after such a tumultuous life. I thought this candid portrait of him summed it all up pretty well.
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