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  • This image is part of my photo project called Story of the Night. It's a series of portraits of male prostitutes in my neighborhood.

    Avey is a boy who came from the province to Manila via ferry. A two day journey in the Philippine ocean was what he needed to bridge the gap between his dreams and reality. If only things are as practical and simple. He ended up as a street walker in a neighborhood called Quezon City where he waits in a shed at night for customers. He tells me his first experience was with a 40 year old man, a father figure. The man brought Avey to his house where he met the man's 15 year old child. The man tells his son that Avey is a friend and that he's there to get some papers for work. The man then brings Avey to his room and proceeds to do what a male prostitute and his gay patron does. It's a sad day for Avey, the 15 year old son and the father who couldn't admit he's gay.

    It's never simple or practical to follow dreams as much as it is to just give way to the complicated tide of life. Happiness and dreams are never as it seems.
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