And that is not an oxymoron.
We don't normally think of homelessness as being uplifting or heartwarming, but photographer Norah Levine and audio producer Gabrielle Amster worked together to document stories of homeless people and their faithful, loyal pets at Lifelines.
The photographer says, "It’s supposed to feel good when you look at my images. I’m a happy photographer. The subject matter of homelessness is not a happy one, but I wanted to find the joy that existed in the subject matter."
Many people who live without permanent shelter rely on pets for companionship, emotional well-being and protection from a dangerous world. Often the homeless men and women spend more of their meager resources to care for the dogs than on themselves out of love for their best friend.
Although many are living on the streets or in makeshift shelters, the animals in the photos look happy, well fed and neatly groomed. The humans are proud that they can take good care of their animal companions.
Dogs don't care if they live in a castle or a cardboard box,
as long as their human is with them.
Profits from the Lifelines project will benefit the Animal Trustees of Austin’s 4PAWS Program (For People and Animals without Shelter). 4PAWS was established by ATA to provide wellness care and spay/neuter surgeries to pets belonging to the homeless population of Central Texas and beyond.