Last month, 100 homeless people were given cameras at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral and asked to snap away, capturing London as they saw it.
The project was the initiative of Café Art, which allows homeless people to express themselves through art and photography.
Armed with a Fujifilm disposable camera and basic training offered by the Royal Photographic Society, the homeless individuals were asked to take photos with the theme “my London.”
Eighty of the cameras were returned at the end, and about 2500 photos were developed. Twenty photos were then chosen by judges from Fujifilm, Amateur Photographer, the London Photo Festival, Christie’s, and Homeless Link.
Now, there’s a Kickstarter campaign to turn some of these photos into a 2016 calendar.
“All the money raised goes back into the project,” Café Art says, “either to pay for the printing of the photographs and calendar, rewarding the winning photographers, buying art materials for art groups affected by homelessness, or helping individuals attend art courses.”
The project is a yearly initiative, and one that we hope gains traction in other cities.