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Woman Photographs Abandoned Buildings Makes Discovery - It Changes Two Lives

Considering the amount of disheartening news aired every day, it’s important to take a moment and think about the untold stories of human kinship and selflessness. One particularly heart-warming story has touched the hearts of thousands around the world. It is about the selfless actions of a Canadian photographer from Ontario.

The photographer is known by the moniker ‘The Tourist’ on Instagram but her real name is Leslie. The popular photographer is acclaimed for her hauntingly beautiful photos of abandoned homes and uninhabitable buildings. However, when she was exploring one particularly dilapidated and seemingly abandoned home, Leslie came across an occupant named Lawrence.

After an initial period of shock, Leslie recovered and introduced herself to the man, apologizing for intruding into his home. However, despite someone wandering into his shelter, Lawrence was kind and accommodating with the photographer, letting her take a picture of himself and his rudimentary home.

Leslie would later post the photo on Instagram along with the lengthy caption: “This is Lawrence. He lives in a house I had believed to be abandoned. The driveway is overgrown, the roof is caving in and the interior would lead anyone to believe this land had been deserted. I found him in the living room. He has a hard time getting around so he spends most of his time in there. Alone. He is missing his right eye and has cataracts infecting the left. Even after noticing a stranger essentially helping themselves to his life he was nothing but sweet and kind to me. He was even nice enough to let me take his picture which I will always treasure. He is a beautiful soul and I plan on visiting him a lot.”

The meeting would spark a beautiful and heart-rending friendship between Leslie and Lawrence. Leslie made good on her promise to see the man again and helped him clear out a lot of the rubbish in his home. Since meeting Lawrence, Leslie has felt “blessed”, saying: “He shifted something in my head and in my heart, and through our visits, and his kindness, I was able to begin to heal inside.”

In a tragic turn of events, Leslie soon discovered that Lawrence’s health conditions were terminal, after the man asked her to attend his funeral when the time came. Despite such a melancholic ending, the inspirational meeting between such unrelated people has struck a powerful chord in people around the world.

Source: AWM
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