Living in Belleville

Street Shot, Not by PerspectiveMind

Sometimes I don’t mind this place, most times I do. I don’t mean to offend anyone in this post so I will try not to. I just feel like somethings need to be said. There as many upsides as well as downsides to this town in my opinion. I originally moved from Toronto (like the REAL Toronto, not the GTA, thank-you very much) to a small town called Stirling, about a half-hour drive to BelleVegas”. I like many of the people I have met in this area and many of the places I have seen.

Downtown Belleville is one of those place. I love the age of this area, but I wish that it was better taken care of by the city. One of my favourite things to shoot (photographer REMEMBER, not like a duck or a bear or something) are older buildings. The only problem with downtown is that next to a beautiful building will be a scummy alleyway, and while that happens in most cities, I feel like it doesn’t seem to be such a hard problem to fix.

There are many great little stores, restaurants and specialty shops is downtown that you just have to hunt for. It’s sad for me to observe that people would rather be convenient and ignore the hunt, which can actually be fun, to blow all their money in a non-locally owned superstore greedy corporation. I’m becoming a huge hypocrite in this post because yes I do tend to go for the more convenient.

I’ve decided that as a goal for myself this year I would try to support more locally owned places, maybe more people should try that out. Maybe then dowtown wouldn’t be considered as scummy as it is now.


The Cure (Spoken Word)

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Mary Engelbreit


Hanging with friends,

Did a little spending,

A little card flashing,

A little wallet bending.

Spending all over the place….

Make-up for a new face,

Five dollar food court, twenty dollar t-shirt, manicure, pedicure

Need a trim, go for a spin,

In your gas-guzzler,

Environment muzzler.

Ran outta gas, forget about a bus pass

Throw out a card, gold in plastic form

Now it’s the norm,

Life in a spending storm.

But that’s this life, what about others?

Don’t you see them?

Kids sitting on the corner,

Paper cup in front of them,

Same age as us, younger than us,

All alone,

Scared for their lives,

Protecting themselves with knives,

But no, you don’t see them.

Keep your eyes to the ground.

Maybe throw some coins around.

But do you see them?

Do you understand them?

Do you even want to see them?

Or do you want to ignore the issue?

Well I’m sorry but this ain’t no used tissue.

Growing with ignorance,

But hey ignorance is bliss,

That bit is shit.

I don’t see it as a hit.

But you’ve got your,

Five dollar food court, twenty dollar t-shirt, manicure, pedicure

Why don’t we find a cure?

For this depressing state.

Oh wait,

I forgot.

All we do is hate and skate,

Around the subject.

Last time I checked,

These kids were people,

Shouldn’t they be treated equal?

We neglect and reject,

For what?

To see a perfect world.

But that ain’t reality

It’s just your mentality.

Just society’s,

This picture is giving me major anxiety.

But don’t worry about it because you’ve got your,

Five dollar food court, twenty dollar t-shirt, manicure, pedicure,

So fuck that cure.

Who cares about the poor?

I’ll tell you who cares.

I care.

So what if I’m just one person

That can’t worsen,

The situation.

I can start a sensation,

In people everywhere.

Maybe they’ll start to care,

About the salvation,

Of today’s generation,

Who are living on the street,

Who knows why they’re there,

Maybe they got beat,

Maybe that was the only option

Does it really matter though,

Why they’re there?

We should still help them.

How can we condemn,

These kids to death by the streets?

Just because life put them there.

So next time you go to buy your,

Five dollar food court, twenty dollar t-shirt, manicure, pedicure,

Think about a cure instead,

Before these kids are dead.