A crowdfunded photography calendar, created by homeless Londoners, shows off the chaos and beauty of city life.
The project is organised by
Cafe Art, a social enterprise that hosts exhibitions of artwork by homeless people. Their first calendar was created back in 2012 When 105 cameras were handed out to homeless people at St Paul’s Cathedral, the aim was to give them a voice through photography – and it’s now resulted in a calendar of the best images, MyLondon 2017, launched tonight at Spitalfields Art Market, London.
Each photographer was first given training by the Royal Photographic Society, who have since been mentoring the photographers every two weeks to continue to develop their skills
Cafe Art says its aims are to empower homeless people, allow them to tell their stories and raise awareness of their plight
The images selected for the calendar were picked via a public vote in August
‘Painting, drawing, sketching, photography, sculpturing and craft making are some of the many activities that homeless people or those who are socially excluded are encouraged to do to help boost self-esteem, confidence and self-worth,’ Cafe Art say. ‘It is also therapeutic in that it acts as an outlet to channel their feelings, frustrations, anger, but also hope and optimism for the future’
A great idea with some great photos.
I found the article in The Guardian.
A young boy is injured during a Russian airstrike that targeted the Qaterji neighborhood at sunset. An hour after he and his family were rescued, the whole building collapsed. His parents and 3 siblings were injured in the attack as well. (Photo by Mahmoud Rslan)
This photograph kicked me in my stomach and it hit my heart. Like the one with the child drowned on the beach. Or too many others of the same subject. I feel ill and helpless. Why do people have to fight over land, race, religion. Or other stupid things? I have just sent a small donation to Doctors Without Borders. Can you? Or any other organization that you think can help.