"The purpose of talking with Tina and sharing her story was to give the viewer a chance to hear her, in her own words, what she feels about life," Durkan said. "People who watch the story are then better informed about what it is she - and others - are really facing, and how best we can help them."
In the Jungle, makeshift tents spread out in every direction, along with sprawling piles of trash and discarded syringes, which you can see in the video. And then there's the smell.
"The stench of living in human waste, discarded clothing and garbage is amazing," Durkan says in the video. "It's more than any person should really have to bear."
Story said that toilets and showers are among the things most immediately needed by the encampment. Food is also frequently scarce. At times there are as many as 300 people there, and the regularly donated food isn't enough.
Yet the residents know they can rely on each other for support. When basic needs are hard to meet, community becomes even more important. "It's just a place for people to belong, that have nowhere else to belong," Tina says in the video.
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Durkan's ultimate goal in working on "Under the Bridge" was to give this homeless community a voice and spread awareness about their situation.
"I think a lot of the messaging we get about homelessness, including addiction and mental health issues found within those communities, is very one sided," he said. "I strongly believe that visiting with the homeless communities and sharing their stories will help shape both perception and policy."
Durkan plans to continue his work, revealing the faces and voices of the homeless.
"I'm very excited to share a couple new photo/video projects that will involve my homeless friends and the streets they call home," Durkan said. "I love my hometown of Seattle, both the 'pretty and the gritty' sides."
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