“I feel that I’m always there for people, but when it’s my time and I’m in need, no one’s there for me. Everybody’s always coming to me with their relationship problems, home problems, school problems, and how they’re stressed out. I’m always giving the best advice, and when I need it, there’s no one I can go to. I can’t even go to my mom or my dad and tell them I’m sad.”
“Is it only because no one wants to listen to you, or are you also not willing to share your feelings?”
“It’s both. I’m so strong-minded that I can’t go to people and tell them my problems. I don’t want them to think I’m weak. I hold everything inside until I blow up. But even when I open up more, people interrupt me and turn the conversation back to their problems. Sometimes I don’t even want advice. I just want someone to listen.”
Portraits of Boston is a project of independent photographer Ivan Velinov. He is regularly sharing some of his favorite portraits with WBUR. Visit his website to see the hundreds of portraits he has taken on the streets of Boston.