Eyes on Main Street Inc

Vicky Roy I started photographing street children in 2005, hoping to capture their spirit along with their circumstances. My own difficult past influenced my work. I ran away from home when I was 11 and lived on the streets of Delhi before a NGO took me under its wing and helped me achieve my dream of becoming a photographer. Having lived this life, I understand that buried beneath all the misery is a gritty determination and shining optimism. Instead of confrontation, I have attempted to portray this difficult world with the soothing balm of a child's hopes. Each picture shows the optimism of these children and their undying spirit despite cruel twists of life. At the same time, my project is also a plea to give these children a chance, call for help in achieving these dreams before they are smothered. My own story had a happy ending, and I wish an equally fulfilling life for all these children. (Photo shot in Prayagraj, India, 2019. Photo sponsor: Kim Hoffman.)

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