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'Everyone Has a Name' Project Everyone has a name. And everyone has a story. This photo project is dedicated to promoting dignity and to enlightening society's view of the homeless.
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A project by Charlie O'Hay.
People sometimes ask how I convince the homeless to let me photograph them. Of course "the homeless" represents a large and diverse group, and some individuals in fact do not allow me to take their portrait. Others allow me to photo their hands or backs, but not their faces. Some have told me they're concerned about outstanding warrants, and I respect that. But even with those few exceptions, I have found street people to be generally receptive to a portrait and a few moments of conversation. Oddly, it's the working stiffs who give me the most trouble.
Charles O'Hay's blog
humor and blunt realities
, stories of his life as a recovering alcoholic
, a parent
, an atheist
and a poet
, and happenstance meetings
on the streets
of Philadelphia over the years
People sometimes ask me, "How do you talk to the homeless?" "With my voice," I say.
Some examples of portraits and short stories:
- Imagine living on a cash job, week to week, no savings, and the job disappears. Then the apartment goes with it. Where would you go?
- Bob wanted to see his portrait after I'd taken it. "It's been years since anyone's taken my picture," he said.
Ian and John
- Ian told me to be sure to get his name on this image. I said, "That's the whole point of the project. To put names to the faces of the homeless."
- ... "I killed 57 gooks in Vietnam," ...
- ... I had given Joseph a buck and was about to walk away when he said, "Alcoholic." with a shrug. "Me too," I said, "15 years sober." ...
- Gail's 26YO husband was diagnosed 9 months ago with Lymphoma. ...
This is Chelsea
A portion of all profits from Charlie's book of poems, Far From Luck
, will be donated to Project H.O.M.E.
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(Previous similar projects: Bob Arihood
, Lee Jeffries
, LA County
, Church Under The Bridge
, When I Came Home