He was dying and living out his days in hospice at St. Paul's hospital in downtown Vancouver. He had no family or no friends so he was going to die without anybody remembering him. Our friend RC knew him from the neighbourhood he worked in and asked if we'd come and photograph him.
He told us of how he used to be on the Canadian swim team, and held Canadian swimming records for a while. But he left the team before his career ever went anywhere.
He had been homeless for years before he ended up here.