SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Disposable cameras were handed out to 100 homeless people in Spartanburg this week.
It’s part of project called Through Our Eyes.
Organizer Jason Williamson has a heart for the homeless and a passion for photography. He’s a missions pastor at Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church.
“Every story matters. These cameras are disposable, but the people behind them are not,” said Williamson.
Williamson and some local volunteers distributed the cameras at local shelters and the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen.
Those who are part of the project, have to return the cameras by Friday.
Organizers hope the pictures will tell a story that needs to be told.
After the photos are developed, a panel of judges will pick the top 20 entries.
Those pictures will be enlarged, framed, and put on display at the Chapman Cultural Center.
The community will be able to vote for their favorite on Friday, July 29th.
The top three entries will be awarded prizes, specific to the photographer’s individual needs.
“[Homelessness] can happen to the best of us,” said Annette Darnett through tears.
Garnett is one of many, armed with a camera, hoping the project will change perception.
“I thank God for them. They’re good people,” she added.
Williamson says the project was inspired by Cafe Art in London — a similar project from 2012.
Nearly 50 cameras were turned in, totaling more than 600 photographs.
A panel of judges had the painstaking job of narrowing them down to the final 20.
Photos were judged on quality, composition, subject matter, and storytelling.
One finalist will be released each day leading up to the July reveal.