From spotting people in the streets to moving closer to the nomad life thanks to Knuckles, the first ‘lost kid’ he portrayed, Michael Joseph’s personal and professional journey is like none other. He’s friends with those who’re mistreated by the police and looked down upon by the rest of society, and thanks to his series Lost and Found, he explores how this group is misunderstood sometimes and frequently judged – moving from place to place, catching trains, and leaving their homes in a quest for freedom and to find themselves.
Besides the struggles that this community frequently has to deal with, usually related to mental health issues and drug (ab)use, they get to places they wouldn’t in any other way. And in the end, there is a sense of belonging, of community, of real human connection. Risking their lives, sharing their experiences, and moving constantly is their only way to feel alive; these nomads are lost but driven by wanderlust and don’t follow the common societal rules or structures. We discover their reality through Michael’s lens while we discuss rebelling against prescribed ways of living, finding one’s goal in life, and portraying strangers.