The images below were taken by Miami photographer and lifelong friend, Evin Daly. What is striking about Evin’s portraiture work of Miami’s homeless population is, despite their plight, the sitter’s stoic humanity is captured and conveyed with simple honesty. A lot of portraiture photography can be invasive, artificial and voyeuristic, however, Evin employs a deep sense of empathy for his sitters to capture faces and hands that tell a million stories with grace and dignity. Portraiture at its best – giving a real human face to people who remain, in society’s eyes, faceless. Bravo Evin. Great work. For more of Evin’s photography, please visit his flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/112943153@N02/ or visit: https://www.facebook.com/homelessnames?pnref=lhc
Again, not exactly within the remit of this blog, but good ideas are always worth sharing. I love advertising ideas that take what is familiar about our world and turn them into the unfamiliar. These kind of ideas grab our attention and makes us re-evaluate our preconceived notions and biases that we all possess: in this particular case; the plight of the homeless. The ‘Big Idea’ in advertising has unfortunately fallen out of favour due to the relentless onslaught from digital marketing platforms that favour the rather ominously titled ‘Big Data’ ; where algorithms, instead of the art of seduction, are employed by advertisers to separate you from your hard-earned cash. More’s the pity. Ideas that have a powerful insight can literally move mountains. The conceptual art director of the above campaign, David Milligan-Croft, came up with an idea that moved hearts. And minds. And ultimately wallets. That takes talent. Talent that is, sadly, hemorrhaging from the business on a daily basis. To be replaced by – robots
Alas, it is not an idyllic croft by the ocean…
…but, a roof.
Over my head.
And, on days like today, when it’s blowing a howling gale and lashing with rain, it makes one feel all the more grateful.
Apparently, there are about 380,000 people in Britain who don’t have this luxury.
When I lived in Ireland I worked on a guerilla campaign for a homeless charity called Focus Ireland. The idea was based on using the plaques where famous people lived and doctoring them, using real people’s names, and placing them on the streets where homeless people slept rough. The concept being: Everyone has a right to a home.
It was hugely successful in terms of raising money and awareness.
N.B. Plaques in Ireland are brown unlike the blue ones in the UK.
Talented Dublin-based photographer Donal Moloney has been busy this festive season shooting the other ‘Doors of Dublin’: Dublin doorways that are home to the homeless. The plight of the homeless is especially poignant during the Christmas period and Donal has produced some striking and empathetic images highlighting the lives of those less fortunate. The photographs make no moral judgements about their predicament – nor do they offer solutions – they just render the invisible, visible.
Thomas and Helen are both travellers. They met two weeks ago shortly after Thomas had been released from prison for being drunken & disorderly. Thomas says: “We just clicked”. . Thomas is 32 but says he feels “60″. He has 6 brothers and 5 sisters. He has been sleeping in the doorway [top] with Helen since his release 2 weeks ago. He has been homeless for 9 years. He expects to serve another short prison sentence in the near future on other charges of being drunken and disorderly. Helen is 25 and was made homeless more recently
Joe is a heroin addict and homeless many years. He has been married twice and has a few kids. As a teenager he moved to New York and became a carpenter. He was a heavy drinker and consumed “3 bottles of whiskey a day”. He loves to read as does his mate John [middle] (20 yards down the street). It takes them “away from the day”.
Donal’s website: http://donalmoloney.com/