Art as a means of social change. Stunning platinum and palladium prints ennobling NYC's fastest growing homeless population.
Bring faces out from the shadows by placing them front and center in my portraits. Many homeless transgendered teens have been traumatized by the loss of their families, their homes and often, their dignity. I will use lovingly produced photographs as a way to help heal some of the pain caused by all of that loss and create images that reveal their humanity. A humanity that we can share and connect to.
Working directly with the two largest organizations that work tirelessly to help this under-served community, I will make both studio and exterior portraits of the kids, shot on film and then enlarged into outsized platinum and palladium prints; far and away the most elegant of all photographic processes.
The money will go to provide stipends for the kids, direct contributions to the service organizations and help me to pay for film, studio time and to retro-fit a lab to create these oversized prints -and to purchase the chemicals to create handmade emulsion (literally pulverized platinum!) and to import paper from France.
The resulting series will culminate with a large gallery show in New York City and throughout the world. Expanding recognition, awareness and compassion.
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