The Downtown East Side of Vancouver (DTES) is is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Vancouver British Colombia Canada and was known as "Canada's poorest postal code". It is a notoriously tumultuous place with a high incidence of HIV infection and a far reaching drug problem as well as all the evils that come with it. Nonetheless it is also a place that possesses a powerful sense of community, art and culture and is truly an incredibly vibrant place if you can get beneath it's skin. The goal for this project, which was initiated and funded by the UBC Learning Exchange located in the heart of the DTES, was to capture candid moments that show the spirit and positivity that can be found in Vancouver's Downtown East Side.
For more on UBC's Learning Exchange and their work go to: http://www.learningexchange.ubc.ca/