My idea was to create images of homelessness to provoke thought, educate, raise awareness, and raise funds for the homeless in my community.
For the past three years I have been working on a photo-documentary project documenting the homeless condition here in Cincinnati. The purpose behind making these images was to illustrate the humanity of these individuals, as well as to provide an opportunity for the observer to gaze upon those who are often rendered invisible in plain sight.
Based on this portfolio I was awarded a solo show in the main gallery at The Carnegie Visualand Performing Arts Center in Covington, KY scheduled for January 2011.
My goal from the beginning was to amass a large collection of portraits of people experiencing homelessness with the purpose of producing an exhibit featuring said portraits.
The exhibit will be be an opportunity to create a setting that would foster an environment of education and awareness, as well as to provide a means of raising funds for local homeless outreach. I intend to donate profits from the sale of prints from this exhibit, in addition to encouraging those in attendance to bring non-perishable food items.
Having said that it will cost a lot of money to put this show on. I need to pay for frames, matte boards, prints, and other necessary presentation materials. I know that a project of this nature can be a tool used to make good things happen. If I can make this show a success in my community, I would like to do the same in other communities, to use what I have to help make a difference. The amount that I am seeking will barely cover the cost of just the framing, so the more cash I can raise the more I can do with this exhibit.
Please visit the link below to view some selections from this project.
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