I see him almost every morning
He goes around
looking inside garbage cans
I offered him a coffee
we shared a few cigarettes and words…
They call me Can Man
I collect cans and bottles
20 cans buy me a Coca Cola
50 cans buy me a bread
Are you getting any help?
Welfare gives me $572 a month
After I pay rent I am left with $150 to eat
I need at least $300 a moth for food
So I go to the food bank
I’m only aloud once every 6 weeks
the food they give lasts 2 weeks
I can go eat at the shelter
but I have to go by bus and back
You don’t get reduced rent
You don’t get free bus
Are you getting the maximum on welfare
Because I’m only mentally handicapped
not physically handicapped.
Oh no where did I leave my bag
It’s right here no worries Can Man
Thank you Sir
Please call me Daniel
I don’t call my friends Sir
What happened Can Man?
I had a shoe store
I was married and I have twins
Do you see your kids?
they live in Toronto
I had a brain aneurism
spent 5 months in the hospital
I lost part of my short term memory
my wife got rid of the store
It was doing badly because I wasn’t there
Then I found her cheating on me with a fireman
I caught them in the act
I went to see the fireman
and told him he is supposed to save lives
not destroy families
So she found another guy
One day I came home and found
just a table setting left on the floor
with a note
“you will never see me or your children ever again”
It was true
Only recently the twins got in touch
with some family, they’re in their twenties now
So I lived under a store
during a few months
Can you work?
I can’t remember what they just asked me to do
so I go around collecting cans and stealing hearts
You don’t steal them Can Man
You earn them
Can you drive?
They took away my license for life
So you are handicapped
That’s what I tell the welfare agent.
She say’s that physically I am fine,
therefore I can’t get the maximum help
But it’s ok, with the cans
I can get some food
However my welfare agent
called me in because someone told her
that I was making money collecting cans
I signed her a paper saying
that I only exchanged cans for food
Would you like something to eat?
Oh no, the coffee was just fine
You now have a new friend Can Man
You’ve been there sir haven’t you ?
How do you know that ?
From your eyes sir
We shook hands
and Can Man left
with his bag of cans
when people ask me why
I want to go and help poor children
the answer is in the story of the Can Man
Enough feeding the bureacracy monster that
manufactures Can Men
I will help children
so they have the heart
and will power of the Can Man
and the talent to tell their story
so they don’t have to live
giving accounts about how many cans
they have collected
L’ENVERS ET L’ENDROIT
THE FLIP SIDE OF THE COIN
EL DESTINO Y EL AMOR SE VIVEN NO SE INTERPRETAN
ONE MUST LIVE HIS DESTINY AND HIS LOVE HE SHOULD NEVER INTERPRET IT
L’ENVERS ET L’ENDROIT / THE FLIP SIDE OF THE COIN
IL N’Y A QUE L’AMOUR QUI NOUS RENDE A NOUS-MEMES
ONLY LOVE CAN BRING US BACK TO OURSELVES
This Photography Project is inspired and is about Love, Life, and Destiny
It is greatly inspired by Albert Camus who once said that there is a flip side to everything.
I couldn’t agree more, and add that true beauty and true love are on both sides.
THE DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT
because life is beautiful
y ya yo te amo
© 2010-2012 on all texts (except where mentioned) and photos daniel malka all rights reserved.
ANY REPRODUCTION OR DIFFUSION IN PART OR IN WHOLE IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED BY DANIEL MALKA