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Looking at New Orleans, through the eyes of a homeless man

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/13/2017 By CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press
This April 11, 2017 combo shows William Hardy, who is homeless, posing for a portrait both at the Lemieux Galleries, left, and where he sleeps with a crate and a cardboard box under the Pontchartrain Expressway in New Orleans. Hardy was given a camera and has sold prints in the gallery. His works are part of an exhibit by artists, who are or were previously homeless, currently on display at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans' Arts District. The show, which opened April 1, runs through Saturday, April 15. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) © The Associated Press This April 11, 2017 combo shows William Hardy, who is homeless, posing for a portrait both at the Lemieux Galleries, left, and where he sleeps with a crate and a cardboard box under the Pontchartrain Expressway in New Orleans. Hardy was given a camera and has sold prints in the gallery. His works are part of an exhibit by artists, who are or were previously homeless, currently on display at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans' Arts District. The show, which opened April 1, runs through Saturday, April 15. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — William Hardy lives under a bridge in New Orleans. He says images often pop into his head as he watches cars zoom by or sees his friends chilling outside their local hangout.

In this April 11, 2017 photo, William Hardy, who is homeless, poses for a portrait in front of one of his photos, at the Lemieux Galleries, in New Orleans. Hardy was given a camera and has sold prints in the gallery. His works are part of an exhibit by artists, who are or were previously homeless, currently on display at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans' Arts District. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) © The Associated Press In this April 11, 2017 photo, William Hardy, who is homeless, poses for a portrait in front of one of his photos, at the Lemieux Galleries, in New Orleans. Hardy was given a camera and has sold prints in the gallery. His works are part of an exhibit by artists, who are or were previously homeless, currently on display at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans' Arts District. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

But, he never had an opportunity to pursue his passion for photography until recently when philanthropist Kathleen Edmundson gave him a digital camera. Since then, doors he never thought would open for him have.

In this April 11, 2017 photo, William Hardy, who is homeless, poses for a portrait where he sleeps with a crate and a cardboard box under the Pontchartrain Expressway, in New Orleans. Hardy was given a camera and his works are part of an exhibit by artists, who are or were previously homeless, currently on display at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans' Arts District. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) © The Associated Press In this April 11, 2017 photo, William Hardy, who is homeless, poses for a portrait where he sleeps with a crate and a cardboard box under the Pontchartrain Expressway, in New Orleans. Hardy was given a camera and his works are part of an exhibit by artists, who are or were previously homeless, currently on display at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans' Arts District. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Now, Hardy says he's gotten a chance to show the world life from "a homeless man's perspective."

In this April 11, 2017 photo William Hardy, who is homeless, holds his camera as he poses for a portrait where he sleeps with a crate and a cardboard box under the Pontchartrain Expressway, in New Orleans. Hardy was given the camera and his works are part of an exhibit by artists, who are or were previously homeless, currently on display at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans' Arts District. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) © The Associated Press In this April 11, 2017 photo William Hardy, who is homeless, holds his camera as he poses for a portrait where he sleeps with a crate and a cardboard box under the Pontchartrain Expressway, in New Orleans. Hardy was given the camera and his works are part of an exhibit by artists, who are or were previously homeless, currently on display at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans' Arts District. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Hardy's work is part of an exhibit by artists, who are or were previously homeless, currently on display at LeMieux Galleries. The show runs through Saturday.

In this April 11, 2017 photo, William Hardy, who is homeless, poses for a portrait with Kathleen Edmundson, left, a philanthropist who gave him a digital camera, Sarah Parks, director of outreach for Grace at the Greenlight and Christy Wood, gallery owner, right, at the Lemieux Galleries, in New Orleans. Hardy was given the camera and his works are part of an exhibit by artists, who are or were previously homeless, currently on display at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans' Arts District. The show runs through Saturday, April 15. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) © The Associated Press In this April 11, 2017 photo, William Hardy, who is homeless, poses for a portrait with Kathleen Edmundson, left, a philanthropist who gave him a digital camera, Sarah Parks, director of outreach for Grace at the Greenlight and Christy Wood, gallery owner, right, at the Lemieux Galleries, in New Orleans. Hardy was given the camera and his works are part of an exhibit by artists, who are or were previously homeless, currently on display at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans' Arts District. The show runs through Saturday, April 15. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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