INVISIBLE HOMELESS DEVELOP NEW SKILLS
UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT IN NEWCASTLE CHANGES NEGATIVES TO POSITIVES
A unique exhibition is about to open in Newcastle allowing people to see life in the city through the eyes of the vulnerable and homeless.
Through its partnership with The People’s Kitchen, the not for profit, System Gallery in Leazes Park Road has handed out disposable cameras to people affected by homelessness in the city. The results are striking and many of the photographs will form the exhibition which will open on 20th September with a private viewing and then the public access is from 21stSeptember.
The exhibition, entitled “Invisible” sets out to give those affected by homelessness the chance to be creative and be seen as well as highlighting the work of The People’s Kitchen.
The idea behind “Invisible” was the brainchild of Gallery Director, Egle Dubinkaite and Curator
Jacob Zoob who had seen similar projects in London, the USA and Brazil.
“When we gave out the original cameras and developed the photographs, we expected to see the stereotypical images associated with homelessness such as drugs, sleeping rough and mental illness issues,” said Egle.
“However, as well as documenting their lives and capturing everyday moments, they showed lots of creativity and humanity in the photos. This has helped to remove the negative attitudes associated with vulnerable people in Newcastle. As time has progressed, the photographs have become more personal and some really make you think long and hard.”
The pair originally gave lessons on photo composition, subject themes and general photography basics and now The People’s Kitchen have their own photo club which allows members the opportunity to discuss their shots and tell their stories both verbally and visually.
David Yellowley, a trustee from The People’s Kitchen was delighted with the results and is looking forward to the exhibition.
“What Egle and Jacob have done is remarkable. We all take “selfies” for granted and probably don’t think twice about photographing our friends and our environment but when you are homeless and you have very little possessions or friends then it becomes a lot harder to express yourself through photography. It’s brought out a lot of positives literally from the negatives”.