“ … I was bored”

Peter, or Pedro as he likes to be called, was sitting in Fremantle’s High Street Mall. We chatted for a few minutes and he explained he’d been homeless for 12 years. There are a number of homeless people scattered around the Mall these days.

Pedro’s clothing was clean, a tad worn but obviously comfortable. I felt the scene summed up Fremantle’s social contradictions. In the background another guy is sleeping in a doorway. On the extreme right is a boarded-up shop and a couple of likely lads walking into the Mall. On the left is a sign for an AfterPay facility while an advertising poster illustrates a couple concerned about their skin and ways to keep it perfect.

Pedro’s nails were painted bright red though the polish was chipping. There was a bit of glitter on his fingers and a few crude tattoos on his hands and wrists. I asked why he painted his nails and he laughingly replied “I’m gay … no, I’m not really … I was bored”.

Story and photograph (c) Roger Garwood 2022

One thought on ““ … I was bored”

  1. I love everything you write Roger! This is a poignant little piece and makes me want to meet Pedro and offer to re-paint his nails for him!

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