The purpose of the Through Our Eyes Project is three-fold:

 

spiritual

Provide hope for those who are hurting.

Everyone deserves to be loved including the photographers who volunteer to participate with the project.

emotional

Provide joy in creating art.

We want the photographers to feel the gratification that comes with being part of something bigger than they are.

physical

Provide awareness & support.

We want our city to rally around the issue of homelessness & help those ministries who work with the homeless daily.

Equip. Encourage. Engage.

 

Inspired by Cafe Art in London, 100 Fujifilm QuickSnap cameras will be given out to people who are living on the street, in a local shelter or are otherwise affected by homelessness.

Unlike any project before, the homeless of many cities will have an integral hand in helping expose the issue of homelessness rather than merely being the problem that is trying to be solved.

Through Our Eyes is bigger than a social experiment. It's greater than an art piece. It's more important than an outreach. This project is a lifeline. The photographers will be equipped with the tools to tell their story. They will be encouraged through a word of hope. The community will be engaged to support those who work with the homeless.

 

Distribution & Collection

After grassroots marketing at local gathering places and homeless shelters, disposable cameras will be distributed to the first 100 participants. 

Marching orders

  • Photographers will receive instruction on using the cameras.
  • Basic photography tips will be shared.
  • Creativity will be unleashed over five days.

Photographers will return the cameras, register for the photography contest, enjoy a meal and receive a gift from our volunteers.


The Contest

A team of judges will review each photograph based on image quality, composition, subject matter, and storytelling. Those top entries will be displayed at a month-long art show in a gallery for the community to interact with.

Entries

  • Top 20 entries will be displayed.
  • The community will be invited to vote on the images by dropping money in the lockbox of their favorite photos.
  • Top 3 entries will win beneficial prizes specific to the needs of the individual.

 

  The Fundraising

We care deeply about the organizations that serve the homeless in our community. To show our gratitude and to provide for their financial needs, we will be auctioning off each of the top 20 photographs.

Auction

  • Images will be listed in an online auction for people to take home a piece of the project.
  • Guests will have the opportunity to bid on their favorite works of art.
  • 100% of the proceeds will be distributed to local organizations to help them better serve the homeless in their community.