Homeless People Chronicle Lives in Photo Project

11/6/2008

Suffolk University’s service learning organization presents an exhibit of photographs by homeless people as part of its Hunger and Homelessness Month activities.

Suffolk’s Organization for Uplifting Lives through Service, or S.O.U.L.S. has been giving disposable cameras to homeless people and exhibiting their work for several years.

The result is Perspectives: From One Lens to Mind’s Eye, an exhibit that includes current work and a retrospective of photography from previous exhibits of photographs documenting the day-to-day experiences of homeless Boston citizens.

“One person in particular really captured what his life is like,” said S.O.U.L.S.  Community Service Scholar Jonathan Paton, who is coordinating the exhibit.

S.O.U.L.S.  recruited the photographers at “supper club” meals programs that campus volunteers help staff.

“My goal is to put out the message that not every homeless person is someone in need of a home, but someone who needs a normal life, not sleeping on the street or on a friend’s couch” said Paton.

The exhibit is on display through mid-December in the fourth-floor lounge of the University’s Donahue Building, 41 Temple St., Boston.

The photographers will talk about what the experience meant to them at a reception from 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6. They will be joined by Ron Tibbetts, director of Neighborhood Action, Inc., which collaborated with S.O.U.L.S. on the photography project.

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