Pieces Of Heaven

Heaven On Houston Street And Lafayette, New York City

My first sight of Heaven. Sometimes I see people that I can’t walk away from.

I wasn’t feeling well for many reasons….I had been dehydrated on this day, the only Spring day here in New York that reached into the upper 70’s. Already exhausted by life, I was feeling lightheaded and I stopped to buy some water at a CVS on Houston. I felt awful, and kept walking anyway, stupidly ignoring my need to go home and call the day off. I saw this little girl with the person who turned out to be her stepfather, and they felt authentic and New York and entirely unpretentious and I forgot about my fears for myself and started talking to them…

I have many pictures of Heaven, and her expressions in many reveal that she understands, at nearly five years old, the strange nature of her situation. As I go through her pictures lately, having taken them just over a week ago, I can see so much. I haven’t stopped thinking about her in this situation, and I saw her again yesterday, April 24, 2018.

Everyone was high, except for Heaven.

Author: suzannesteinphoto

Photographer

4 thoughts on “Pieces Of Heaven”

  1. Why wasn’t she picked up by social services or some other agency? It is clear that she was living a harsh harsh life unfit for her.

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    1. I can’t answer that question. Family is involved w social services. Social services is negligent. I’ve lost track of them although I still look for them when I’m near the area where I shot these images. Life is hard for children and many people just slip through the cracks because social services don’t really care many times. You have to get lucky and this child doesn’t have a social worker that’s on the ball.

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