Winnipeg Street: Lyle

I’ve enjoyed photographing the streets this winter, and have gone out a lot more than usual; even on some brutally cold days. That said, it’ll be nice to get back out on my regular photo walks as the warmer weather starts to pick up.

I went for a photo walk yesterday and met Lyle. We talked for nearly 30 minutes; mostly about his life growing up and the hardships he and his family experienced under the residential school system, which is an unfortunate part of Canadian history. When asked if he was angry about what had happened during those years he replied “I can’t spend time being angry anymore, just have to live my life and try being happy”. He was frustrated by the problems facing aboriginal youth and was hopeful they would learn and experience more than what he had growing up.

He also demonstrated the hand-flute. At this point there were no other people out and the snow had started to fall. The sounds were hauntingly beautiful.

Demonstrating the hand flute, which he was very proficient at.

Demonstrating the hand flute, which he was very proficient at.