Homeless being asked to capture images of capital

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One hundred people affected by homelessness will capture London over five days from Thursday when they are given a disposable camera and asked to shot what they love about London.

Volunteers, including professional photographers from The Royal Photographic Society, will hand out the one-time-use cameras.

The resulting photos will create an exhibition to be hung in Spitalfields Arts Market in August, and the winning photos will create a calendar called MyLondon.

The MyLondon project is now in its sixth year. It has inspired many similar projects worldwide, including partner projects in Toronto, Sydney, New Orleans and Budapest.

Organiser Paul Ryan from Cafe Art says the project, which is also supported by Fujifilm, has been a huge success in its ability to give confidence to people who are homeless or are rebuilding their lives. “We are very grateful to the public for buying the photos and calendars every year. We are a social enterprise and most of our income comes from the photos taken in this contest every year. This has enabled us to make real change in people’s lives, giving them confidence and self esteem.”

The MyLondon calendar is sold online and in markets, employing people who are and have been homeless. Last year they earned more than £30,000 from the 6,500 calendars sold.

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