Today I was a part of an AH-mazing movement called Help-Portrait. . .
Help-Portrait is about giving photos not taking them . . .
finding someone in need, taking their portrait, printing their portrait and then giving them that portrait.
I was reminded of what Photographer ( and creator of Help-Portrait) Jeremy Cowart said:
I love hearing the naysayers say things like ‘The last thing a homeless person needs is a picture.’ THEN I love seeing the reality. . . .
The realities I saw today:
- Four sweet girls from a local Ministry ,a ministry that provides hope and healing to young women battling issues such as: drug & alcohol addiction, depression, eating disorders, unplanned pregnancy, abuse or self harm. They sat laughing with each other as they got all glamed up with their girlfriends enjoying a break in their journey. Each struggle with self image and today I watched four beautiful girls see and feel beauty in an image.
- A joyful man, who seemed to know everyone there, shared how he ministers to other homeless men and women under the downtown bridge. He brings them to church and visits them throughout the week. He came by to see what we were up to and to “check in” on his friends. And as he held the framed portrait of he and his dog he smiled and said “Thank You”. He had never held a photo of himself.
- A man who told me the only time he had a photo taken was when he had been arrested. And he jokingly added “They dont let you keep those” He never knew his mother and he told me about a woman at his church who has taken him in and has played such an important role in his life. And as we stood getting his photo framed he said with excitement. . . “THIS will be the perfect gift for her!”
And today, not only in Nashville but in hundreds of cities across the world there were thousands of realities. . .
As of just a moment ago the latest update came in
- 17,200+ pictures taken
- 1400+ photographers
- 2720+ volunteers
And this is with only 43% of locations reporting!!
What . A . Day!
Meals and clothes were passed out…moments and realities were captured…
Photos were Given.
Hope to see you join Help-Portrait!
Photographers, Volunteers, Make-Up Artists, Hair Stylists…see you in 2010!