Posts ByRick Mave, Author at Documentary Photography Review
Vancouver Downtown Eastside is the biggest open air drugs market in North America and has been cited for years by Statistics Canada as one of the country’s poorest postal codes and likely remains Canada’s poorest urban area. It’s an area inhabited by low-income residents, now widely known as home to drug users and a myriad of drug dealers; as the community of last refuge for the mentally ill; as a ghetto filled with less than substandard housing; as a dangerous but accepting refuge for the homeless; as the nexus of crime for Greater Vancouver; as the danger-filled workplace for marginalized prostitutes; and as the destination of last resort for society’s discards.
In 2011, Andrea went to San Vito (CA), Monte Porceddus Valley, located in southeast Sardinia (Italy), by bike for wwoofing (WWOOF: World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Linking volunteers with organic farms and growers). Two years later, he is still there with his wife Sara and five-month-old daughter, Nadia. He sold his bike to buy a horse, quit his job as a contract manager for a company in Reggio Emilia (Italy), met his actual wife and a year ago started his new life as shepherd. Now they have 18 sheep, 2 goats, 3 horses, some hens, cats and dogs.