I Gave A Homeless Kid a Camera…

I gave a homeless kid a camera – The Something Awful Forums: An interesting tale from Jeefrs. Per this message a few years ago he gave a homeless kid in San Luis Obispo a camera and some film. He gave the kid a brief lesson about the camera and asked him to shoot all of the film and mail it back. In exchange he told the kid he could keep the camera.

A few months back he got a bunch of photos in the mail from the kid and posted them on the internet. Many of them are quite good. You can check out the photos at the link above.

While I have no way of knowing if this story is true or not, I tend to be an optimist in life and like to assume that it is. In any case I do think that bringing someone into the hobby of photography can have very positive implications for them emotionally. It’s obvious that this kid has a lot of pride in his work and helping a homeless person achieve that is really pretty commendable.

This story reminds me of another project started by photographer Nathalie Pahud-Briquet that I blogged about a ways back called “Bridge to the World” where Nathalie helped to arrange cameras for some inner city students at Laney College in Oakland.

I really believe that photography can do super positive things for people’s lives. I love seeing stories like the one above and am glad that this homeless kid was able to find a way to express himself through his photography.

(Thanks for the heads up Will!)

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  1. Matt says:

    Check out this non-profit here in NYC – Kids with Cameras.

    http://www.kids-with-cameras.org/

    “Kids with Cameras is a non-profit organization that teaches the art of photography to marginalized children in communities around the world. We use photography to capture the imaginations of children, to empower them, building confidence, self-esteem and hope. We share their vision and voices with the world through exhibitions, books, websites and film. We are committed to furthering their general education beyond photography either by linking with local organizations to provide scholarships or by developing our own schools with a focus on leadership and the arts.”

    Pretty amazing shots from the kids on the site. I’m starting to donate a percentage of print sale revenue to them and trying to find some time to volunteer.

  2. Aaron says:

    I kind of doubt all of those pictures came from the homeless kid. Some look quite old and came from different cameras. At least the B&W; photos came from different film. I could be wrong though, they just look like comepletely different sets of photos.