Khaaliq Thomas’ documentation of BWB Detroit over the years

Back in January of 2012 Khaaliq Thomas and i started to communicate about his photographing what I do on the streets with the homeless through the Burners without Borders Detroit Homeless Backpack Project. At first i had bit trepidation i will admit. I have had photographers contact me before some from out of town and want me to take them out on the streets…and i have always declined. And i did so it i never wished to expose or exploit the homeless nor did i wish to lose the trust it had taken to get from many of them.

So i told him to come with me one day but not bring his camera..just him and i on the streets. i wanted to get a feel for him and see if i would be comfortable having him with me on the streets. And i can say i felt really comfortable with Khaaliq, he is very soft spoken and has a wonderful nature. And i remember him saying to me when i was dropping him off that he felt really good about having helped that day… that is what won me over. He felt it and knew why we do what we do..and i really appreciated that.

He has photographed me for about three years now and still hopes to catch up when he has free time. I really like having him document what we do because he does it so well that you do NOT even know he is there..which is perfect and helps to not upset folks as some do get very upset or even paranoid. I explain to everyone of course who he is and why he taking images.

Here is a link to where the images that are below originate from..he has more there.

http://khaaliqthomas.com/album/doxie#1   and here is a link to one of the Dirty Shows he shot for us- http://tinyurl.com/nx9rewt

Thank you Khaaliq for all your time and dedication!

Out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

Out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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Under a highway over pass with a homeless gentleman. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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Under a highway over pass with a homeless gentleman. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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Under a highway over pass with a homeless gentleman. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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Under a highway over pass with a homeless gentleman. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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Giving a new coat to a homeless gentleman. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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Talking to two gentleman in SouthWest Detroit while out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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Talking to two gentleman in SouthWest Detroit while out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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Under a highway over pass with a homeless gentleman. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas no one was home.

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reading the writing Under a highway over pass with a homeless gentleman. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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writing and belongings under a highway over pass. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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Talking to a young lady from Down River.. she was like 23. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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Under a highway over pass. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. We found no one home.

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Under a highway over pass. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. We found no one home.

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Under a highway over pass. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. We found no one home.. books and bibles!

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Under a highway over pass Poerty on the walls. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. Homeless poetry and prose. We found no one home.

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Under a highway over pass . Emergency lighter. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. Homeless poetry and prose. We found no one home.

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Under a highway over pass ..writing on the walls. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. Homeless poetry and prose. We found no one home.

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Poetry Under a highway over pass While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. Homeless poetry and prose. We found no one home.

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More writing Under a highway over pass. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. Homeless poetry and prose. We found no one home.

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Heading to an underpass in Southwest Detroit looking for homeless. Out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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Texting myself notes about people i meet on the streets looking for homeless. Out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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Meet this young man in South West Detroit outside a gas station.. he lived behind it. Out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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Meet this young man in South West Detroit outside a gas station.. he lived behind it. He shows us his make shift home. Out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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She didnt want to show us her face. She was very kind. Out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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I promised Gypsy i would not give away the boots she gave to the homeless…i tried i really did.. but she needed them more than i did.. and i had a pair of mens boots to wear home. Out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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I promised Gypsy i would not give away the boots she gave to the homeless…i tried i really did.. but she needed them more than i did.. and i had a pair of mens boots to wear home. Out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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I promised Gypsy i would not give away the boots she gave to the homeless…i tried i really did.. but she needed them more than i did.. and i had a pair of mens boots to wear home. Out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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I promised Gypsy i would not give away the boots she gave to the homeless…i tried i really did.. but she needed them more than i did.. and i had a pair of mens boots to wear home. Out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas

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on the Lodge M-10. Under a highway over pass for homeless gentleman. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. We found no one home.

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on the Lodge M-10. Under a highway over pass for homeless gentleman. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. We found no one home.

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on the Lodge M-10. Under a highway over pass for homeless gentleman. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. We found no one home.

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Under a highway over pass for homeless gentleman. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. We found no one home.

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on the Lodge M-10. Under a highway over pass for homeless gentleman. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. We found no one home.

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Mr. Jacks spot near a Lodge highway entrance. he used to intimidate me until i had the nerve to say hello..he is very sweet..so glad i worked up the courage image by Khaaliq Thomas

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In Greektown talking to homeless who warm themselves on the vents that USED to be exposed.. but are not piped up 😦 image by Khaaliq Thomas

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Downtown on Washington helping a homeless man very bundled up image by Khaaliq Thomas

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Downtown on Washington helping a homeless man very bundled up image by Khaaliq Thomas

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Helping a homeless lady outside of CVS on Warren. image by Khaaliq Thomas

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Helping a homeless lady outside of CVS on Warren. image by Khaaliq Thomas

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Under a highway over pass ..messages from God. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. Homeless poetry and prose. We found no one home.

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Lots of belongings under a highway over pass. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. We found no one home.

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Tons of items.. no one is home.. Under a highway over pass. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas.

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Froze Needle. Under a highway over pass. While out on the Streets helping the Homeless with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas. We found no one home.

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Helping Homeless in Grand Circus Park Detroit. with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas.

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Helping Homeless in Detroit. with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas.

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Helping Homeless in Detroit. with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas.

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Highway underpass.. Home Sweet Home Helping Homeless in Detroit. with Ron Parrish all images by Khaaliq Thomas.

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