Homelessness is an issue that affects countless people both at home and abroad. Over the past few years, we have seen tons of efforts from organizations and individuals to raise awareness of homelessness and encourage those who have the means to help those who do not. Aside from helping to provide the basic necessities, there are also organizations whose aim is to include homeless people in the overall community, both socially and culturally.
One such organization, called Cafe Art, has been doing something particularly great over the past few years. The London-based company works to promote the work of artists facing homelessness around the city. One of its greatest initiatives has been the My London calendar, which features the photography of homeless people. The organization distributes disposable cameras to homeless people, receives the used cameras and holds a contest to determine which 12 photos will be featured in the calendar. This year, 100 cameras were handed out, with the Royal Photographic Society on hand to give photography lessons to those who were interested. Of the 100, 80 cameras came back, with around 2,500 photos.
Below are the photos that were selected to be featured in the upcoming 2016 calendar. Cafe Art will print 5,000 copies and sell them to raise money for other artistic initiatives that are geared toward those facing homelessness. Check out the winners below.
This particular photo, by ROL, was selected to be featured on the cover of the calendar.
“Everything I Own or Bags of Life, Strand” by David Tovey
“Telephone Row, Lincoln’s Inn” by XO
“Left Boot, East London” by Ellen Rostant
“Colour Festival, Olympic Park” by Goska Calik
“Past & Present, City of London” by Ioanna Zagkana
“Nature’s Tunnel or Light and the End, Stratford” by Ellen Rostant
“The Artist, Whitechapel” by Michael Crosswaite
“Tyre Break, Hackney” by Desmond Henry
“Tower Bridge PICNIC, Southwark” by Cecie
“West End Bird, Westminster” by Zin
“Shadow of Self, Hyde Park” by Goska Calik
“Royal Geese Sunset, Kensington Gardens” by Maciek Walorski
This is a really amazing idea that gives the homeless a sense of community as well as recognition for their artistic talent. If you like the photos that you see above, consider contributing to Cafe Art's Kickstarter initiative, which will fund the production of this year's calendar. The calendar will be on sale as of Monday, October 12 at Spitalfields Arts Market in London.
Via: Cafe Art