The 4th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk is this Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, 2011. It’s a free event that had more than 1,100 Photo Walks and more than 33,000 people who participated last year.
There are some cool prizes involved and best of all, there’s a giving back aspect to it. Profits from the sale of PhotoWalk T-shirt will go to feeding the kids at the Springs of Hope, Kenya Orphanage.
Click here for more information, to find a location and to see an intro video from Scott that will walk you through what to expect. Can’t make it? Watch this Flickr group for photos and stories from the weekend.
Anyone from the Help-Portrait Community planning on attending? Tell us about it in the comments below!
These beautiful photographs were part of a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color. Taken by Photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, these are the only color photographs of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations.
Click here for more. Photographs are the property of the Library of Congress.
Oct. 22-23, London’s East Gallery at Brick Lane will be hosting the first ever UK exhibit of Instagram photos. “My World Shared” will host photos from 30 participants “to record in images our world around us, our lives, our outlook, our views, and share that view with the rest of the world.” Instagram recently revised its mobile app with several new features, including high resolution photos, live filters and more. (via @mashable)
Sam Childers was a drug-dealing criminal who underwent a personal transformation and dedicated his life to saving child victims from the Lord’s Resistance Army in East Africa. He’s rescued more than a thousand orphans from starvation, disease and slavery, and now his story is being told in a new Hollywood film, Machine Gun Preacher.
Starring Gerard Butler (300) and directed by Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland), this soon-to-be-released film is a story of violence and redemption. In it, Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region’s vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it’s most needed–in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens. But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA’s intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives – and eventually his own.
Machine Gun Preacher also stars Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain), Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper’s Penguins), Academy Award-nominated Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and Souleymane Sy Savane (“Damages”).
We’ve got free passes to give to the Help-Portrait community to an upcoming screening in select U.S. cities. Click here and use the code “Portrait” to RSVP.
New Forests Company, a British forestry company, forcibly expelled more than 20,000 Ugandans from their homes in recent years, according to a report by the aid group Oxfam. This photo slideshow from The New York Times tells the story.
We loved hearing this story today: When a server at a San Diego Chargers game tripped on a stair sending $1,000 in bills flying through the air to the lower level seats, fans jumped to the rescue. She not only recovered the $1,000 but an extra $170 in additional goodwill tips. Here are some additional ways anyone can give back on game day.
Poverty rates in the U.S. are the highest since 1993, according to a new report. The federal government announced this week that the nation’s poverty rate increased to 15.1 percent in 2010. An additional 2.6 million people landed in poverty last year, bringing the total to 46.2 million – the highest number since the government started tracking poverty in the 1950s.
“Child poverty has been higher than the 2010 level in only three years since the mid-1960s,” said Ron Haskins, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, in a statement.
Now more than ever we have an opportunity to show love in a unique way to people in need at Help-Portrait events. As we plan our upcoming events, keep in mind the swelling number of people in need of help and hope.
We featured an interview with celebrity portrait photographer John Keatley back in March on the Help-Portrait blog. Today we wanted to let you know about a cool giveaway he’s doing to help victims in the Horn of Africa crisis.