Meet Leah Denbok, a 17-year-old photographer from Collingwood, Ont. In the past three years, she’s walked the streets in her province in Toronto, Barrie and Kitchener, as well as in New York City, capturing the lives of the homeless with her photos.

Many of the portraits will be featured in her upcoming book. Nowhere to Call Home — Photographs and Stories of the Homeless will be released in the fall, with all proceeds going to the Barrie Bayside Mission Centre.


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Along with her father Tim, the pair offer $10 to each person for permission to tell their stories.

“With my book, I’m trying to portray two goals,” said the teen photographer. “First of which is to shine a spotlight on the plight of homelessness, and second, I’d like to humanize homeless people because so often they’re seen as subhuman individuals.”

According to the latest report by Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, at least 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness during the course of a year, and 35,000 are homeless on any given night.