The charity project is something that has been on and off. First time we started it, was around 2003. We found 5 different, privately run orphanages and visited them. We interviewed and photographed, went back home and wrote articles about them that were then posted online on a now forgotten portal site. However, the years they were up, they generated interest and gifts for the orphanages.
The stories we were told back then, are stories that we can never forget. It seems that in this world, no matter how hard you think you have had it, there is always someone who has had a harder life.
What can you do when you are few hours old and are being left outside an unknown house…
The people who care for the orphans have put tremendous effort and love into their operations, no matter how poor they are themselves.
You open up your own house, sell all your furniture so you can support more children and give up your own privacy just for the sake of helping others…
You meet these people face to face and leave humbled.
After setting up my photography studio again, the orphanage project kept coming back in my mind. Still the same concept; visit, document and raise awareness. I added some self imposed rules, only to bring a camera and a lens, maybe a reflector, but that’s about it. Back to basic photography.
My plan this time is to visit 8-10 orphanages and create enough visual imagery for a book and an exhibition in order to raise both awareness and funds for them.
The project is trotting slowly along, I have been to 4 already together with a journalist friend of mine who helps with the interviews.
All the places that we have visited are more or less unknown to the general public. There are quite a few organisations, NGO’s that are internationally funded and staffed with both ex-pats and locals, but we are not including them as they already are receiving exposure. Our aim is to help the ones that even with US$ 10 extra, makes a huge difference.
Below are some samples from the recent visits.