These cyanotypes of living materials were printed onto refuse found in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side neighborhood. The DTES, as it is often abbreviated to, is Vancouver’s most troubled neighborhood. With a 52% employment rate, and the provinces most drug related deaths, the DTES is a collection of boarded up snack shops, people shooting heroine in doorways, and pop up tents and shanties. The neighborhood exists outside of the confines of the world around it.  Neighborhood pride and community is very strong and it has its own post apocalyptic micro economy, where thirteen Celine Dion cds can never be worth a pair of 80s ski boots.  These prints are an attempt to capture the complicated relationships between toxicity and hope. Despite it all, there is still life, and beauty.