22 year-old, black, queer, gender non conforming artist AB at Trinity Place Shelter in New York City. AB is homeless. Behind the scenes photography and video and assistant: Juan Pablo Ampudia, juanpablo@cuartocreativo.com. Phone +52 1 55 8676 5741. Photography by Robin Hammond, pitures@robinhammond.co.uk. Editor: Mallory Benedict, Mallory.Benedict@natgeo.com, +1 202.791.1282. 05 April 2019

A.B. /

“Dear 5 Year old AB,

From this moment so much will happen, things you couldn’t imagine. Some good and some bad. The beauty about you is that your strong. Way stronger than you know. No matter how much the ground shakes beneath you, the times if feels like you’d be better off gone, never even existed. But you are the embodiment of resilience. A fighter through and through. While The bullies will rear their ugly faces, and self doubt will cloud your mind many a sleepless nights. Promise yourself tonight you’ll never give up, and to never leave any stone unturned. Youve always known your purpose, you’ve always known who you are. Your light is brighter than most, kept shining.

Long Live AB.”

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