BY: YURKO DYACHYSHYN
Collected from city trash bins and homeless aid centres, Slavik changes his clothes at least once every day. With each shift in wardrobe, Slavik restyles his beard and hair, always remembering to shave his armpits. In this photo essay Yurko Dyachyshyn archives the daily fashion of a 55-year-old homeless man living in the city of Lviv.
Dyachyshyn visited Slavik over the course of a few years, and eventually Slavik befriended the artist seeking him out among the crowd to showcase his fashion sense. With a cigarette and beer in hand, Slavik once told him that the most important thing is to maintain a sense of “inner calm” amongst the chaos of shuffling feet in the city.
The story of Slavik shows us, that regardless of their circumstance, even those that are homeless take pride in their appearance and social perception.