This Photographer Wanted To Document Homelessness, What She Found Will Move You

"I wanted to capture the universal bond that exists between people and their pets."

In culverts, train yards, or under a bridge, the homeless population of Austin, Texas finds solace wherever it can. However, some are comforted in a rather unique way and local photographer Norah Levine set out to capture their heartwarming livelihoods on camera.

Norah Levine

Inspired by Animal Trustees of Austin, an animal charity that provides veterinarian services for low-to-no income pet owners in the area, Levine set out to document the bond between animal and owner. Her findings moved her.

"I wanted to capture the universal bond that exists between people and their pets and to illustrate that this shared bond is universal," Levine told A+. "It isn't based on finances or home-ownership."

Norah Levine

She began working with Gabrielle Amster, a director at Animal Trustees of Austin to start filming their experiences in a project called "Lifelines."

"The vast majority of pets I encountered during this project were treated with love and respect, both physically and emotionally and the relationship was mutually beneficial and positive," Levine said.

Norah Levine

"[The project invites] people to think twice before making harsh judgments about who 'should' and 'shouldn't' have a pet," Levine said.

Inspired by her encounters and the love she witnessed, Levine says she has reaffirmed her belief that artists should use their work for good.

Norah Levine

"I can honestly say that this project has reminded me that there is very little 'black and white' in this world; everyone has a unique situation that deserves to be considered before passing judgment," Levine said.

For more of Norah's work, check out her website and more information on the Lifelines project here.