When I first saw Streetwise a 1984 documentary by Martin Bell a couple of years ago I was stunned. It’s a raw story about lives of runaway teenagers trying to survive on the streets of Seattle.
Photographer Mary Ellen Mark worked alongside her husband Bell during the filming and took some of the most touching photos I’ve ever seen.
Every picture is so real, honest and poetic, like the life itself; sorrow and hardships mixed with fleeting moments of joy. When I look at these pictures I really start to question things that surround me; life, cruelty of the world, innocence, youth so beautiful but so unfair.
“I love to fly. It’s just, you’re alone with peace and quiet, nothing around you but clear, blue sky. No one to hassle you. No one to tell you where to go or what to do. The only bad part about flying is having to come back down to the fucking world.” Rat, Seattle, 1983
More photos at www.maryellenmark.com
Post by Sanja Bistricic, www.sanjabistricic.com