Chavalo: The Missing Puppies

trees and power lines outside a window

And then this one? 

And this is the roof from the window and well I think I should have taken the picture a bit higher up, but then the thing is what I wanted to take was a picture of some little dogs, some puppies that were here. Four little puppies, really nice ones and I wanted to take a picture of them but by the time I took the picture they had left. They’re not in the picture.

So this picture of the roof is the picture of the dogs that were no longer there? And then this one of the landscape, what do you like about this landscape?

Chavalo: A Pretty Landscape

trees and power lines outside a window

What is this like looking out of a window?

Oh, that is the window right across from the bathrooms where you go to the toilet and this across from it is what you would see across the street. And you can see this building that is downtown. So it’s a nice view of the building of the downtown.

So why did you take that picture?

Because it’s such a pretty landscape with the building. 

Chavalo: Just Watching TV

man reclining on chair

And there’s other pictures of the people there sitting in this waiting room and you’re thinking very hard! With your arms around your head… what are you thinking?

No, I was just watching TV. Here the next picture is of the TV. So that’s the TV I was watching. So, he took a picture of me watching the TV. It’s strange to see my picture here... So now we see the whole chapel with the TV and the cross and the founder and the light is better here. We can see more things here.

Chavalo: The Room with the Chapel


Now the next ones are when we got in. That is the room with the chapel, with the chairs, so that’s where we go in and wait. That’s where we just gather and wait here before going to the dorms. So here, in the next pictures we will see more. In this one you don’t see much but on the next ones you can see there’s more people and that’s where we gather and sit and wait. So, this is the place where we gather. We take our shoelaces and our belt off and we give them to the person in charge and we sit and wait so here, this is the chapel.

Chavalo: A Dark Hall

dark, blurry hallway

This is the hall of the shelter. It is dark, like the moment we are in now: narrow and kind of dark, and of out of focus, and we don’t know exactly where to go. It is a critical moment in life that is blurry, like this picture is blurry.

Este es el pasillo del albergue. Está oscuro, como es el momento que estamos viviendo ahora. Es angosto y un poco oscuro, y está borroso, y no sabemos exactamente a dónde ir. Es un momento crítico en la vida que está borroso, como esta foto está borrosa.

Chavalo: Tears or Sweat?

man with blurred out face

Is that crying or sweat?

Not, it’s just that he put water over his head. There are these that don’t have a shirt. Oh they were gonna take a shower, so they were getting ready for their shower. 

So, is it difficult to find a place to shower? 

Yes, it’s very difficult. Not every place has a place to shower. And there, even you have to wait and line up and there’s ten or twelve people waiting and you have to. And it’s really cold water, not like the weather that we have that is really warm. Here it’s really cold in the morning.

Chavalo: A Nice Shower

two men posing for camera

Where is this?

Oh this is in front of the bathrooms. So there’s showers and we were lining up waiting for the shower. It’s really good that these are bathrooms and that there is a shower and we can have a shower. Except there they don’t give us any food, but they have showers. They also offer help with phone calls.