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Offering a beautiful and inspiring 2017 photo calendar of New Orleans from the unique perspective of people who have been homeless.
Offering a beautiful and inspiring 2017 photo calendar of New Orleans from the unique perspective of people who have been homeless.
105 backers pledged $5,770 to help bring this project to life.

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The MyNew Orleans Photo Project began in 2016 to help share the stories of those affected by homelessness. With the help of Fujifilm America, we were able to distribute 95 single use cameras and received countless beautiful and thought-provoking photos.

The MyNew Orleans Photo Project participants include both people native to New Orleans as well as people who have come from as far as the Caribbean, and those who call New Orleans home. For those who have visited, and those of us who live here, you can understand and agree with participant John Steven Layus that New Orleans stays "in your blood." This project was started to bring attention to the issue of homelessness in New Orleans, and bring together people’s experiences in a beautiful way. 

This high-quality calendar features 13 photos printed on high gloss paper, captured by MyNew Orleans Photo Project participants who documented the Big Easy from their perspectives. Participants took photos of buildings, people, and neighborhoods that have influenced and inspired them and we hope they inspire you and give you a sense of their New Orleans. 

2017 MyNew Orleans Calendar Project has several goals:

• To empower people affected by homelessness, not only through photography, but through connecting with the public.

• To tell the stories of individuals who are affected by homelessness.  

• To raise awareness in the general public about the issues surrounding homelessness from the participant’s personal perspective.

Where does the money go?

The calendar will be produced by Mele printers on the North Shore, a Louisiana-based firm. The project is self-funding from calendar sales only, and receives no government or other grant money. 

We are supported in kind by FujiFilm and have received technical support from Cafe Art in London. We have partnered with local organizations working to alleviate the suffering of those who are homeless in New Orleans. These partners include: Baptist Friendship House, Harry Tompson Center, Grace at the Green Light, Bridge House, Grace House, Hagar's House, St. George's Dragon Cafe, the New Orleans chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Jude Community Center, and New Orleans Mission.

We are also lucky to have wonderful volunteers through the New Orleans Photo Alliance: Amy Jett, Bryce Ell, Chrystal Nause, Corrie Boudreaux, and Rebecca Ratcliff who have spent countless hours advising us, sorting photos, and training participants.

All the money raised goes back into the project, either to pay for the printing of the photographs and calendar and rewarding the winning photographers. 

The calendar is still in the production stage. Here are some of the photos that will be used in the calendar. The remaining can be viewed in the slideshow.

 

Swimming with the Natchez by Robert Landrum
Swimming with the Natchez by Robert Landrum

 

Canal Streetcar by Seaghn-Scott Foster White
Canal Streetcar by Seaghn-Scott Foster White

 

Playing with bubbles by Cara Hotard
Playing with bubbles by Cara Hotard

 

Risks and challenges

This is our first year putting out the MyNew Orleans calendar and while we are honored and blessed to have received mentoring from Cafe Art, there are many unknowns about doing this project in the US.

We are not a service provider, and the community is transient, so reconnecting with potential winners could prove to be a challenge. We hope to overcome this challenge by continuing our amazing partnerships with the service providers. We have reached out to other service providers in New Orleans who might also be in touch with some of the winners.

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