Homeless Man Uses Flip Cam to Document Life on the Streets
SAN FRANSISCO – Using a donated flip cam, a homeless man in San Fransisco is using YouTube to give the world an inside look at life on the streets.
Henry Moses Thirkield, known as Mo, has been conducting amateur interviews with other homeless men and women he meets on the street. On man he spoke with, Andrew, told Mo he’s only been homeless for a couple of weeks and has new respect for the homeless now knowing what they go through.
Mo’s flip cam was given to him by Ryan Hupfer, who works at a Silicon Valley startup. The two kept running into each other and became friends. Hupfer said he’s given other people cameras before to share their stories and wanted to do the same thing for Mo. Hupfer said by allowing others to see Mo’s videos, they might have a better understanding of what it’s like to live on the street.
“He creates the content and I edit and distribute, and it’s really worked out well so far,” Hupfer told Mashable. “I try my best to tell his story, and if anyone emails, I say that I’m posting on his behalf. One of these days I’ll get him on [the Internet], but that’s going to take some time.”
According to Hupfer, Mo is originally from Chicago and has been homeless for four years. He was arrested and imprisoned for selling drugs in San Fransisco. Since his release, Mo has been homeless. Hupfer said Mo’s main goal is to get off parole and get a job. Hupfer said Mo is also interested in sharing his story with younger people to prevent them from getting into similar situations.
Hupfer has set up a Facebook account and uses MailChimp to send out updates on Mo. He’s also started a WePay Campaign on behalf of Mo, already raising $1,500 — enough to keep Mo “fed and off the streets for almost three months.”