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Through Our Eyes Homeless Photography Exhibit

Aug 1-29, 2017 / All Day

Calendar: Exhibit
Categories: Visual Art

Through Our Eyes:  Spartanburg Through the Eyes of the Homeless

Guild Gallery August 1-28

Art Walk Reception August 17, 5 pm-8 pm



Jason Williamson, missions pastor at The Mill in Moore, S.C., and his team handed out 100 disposable FujiFilm cameras at Miracle Hill Rescue Mission, the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen and other downtown locations during the week of July 3. Williamson asked the photographers, whose lives are affected by homelessness, to document their lives and return the cameras at the end of the week. 

Once the photographers returned their cameras and Spartan Photo developed the film, Williamson and a team of judges from the community considered each of the 800+ images the cameras yielded. They then narrowed the field to the 20 finalists.

Ten female and five male photographers make up this year's top 20. Similarly to last year, several photographers had more than one of their photos make the finals. 

Williamson admits to crying when he first viewed the images from this year's cameras. "These photos are completely different from last year's. Regardless of what you've seen before, these images evoke some powerful emotion," he said.

Spartan Photo has enlarged and printed the top 20 photos in preparation for the August exhibit at the Artists' Guild Gallery at Chapman Cultural Center. The final 20 photos will be on display August 1-30. Accompanying each photo will be a title/description by the photographer, the photographer's portrait and a donation box. The community will vote on photos by placing "spare change" into the corresponding donation boxes. At the end of the month, the photographs with the most donations will be declared the winners. The top three finalists will receive physical prizes specific to their current needs, and the monetary donations will be given to organizations that minister to the homeless in Spartanburg. 

In addition to the 20 finalists in the gallery, all 800+ photographs will be displayed in a large corridor at the Chapman Cultural Center.