Lili Riecken-Raymond shares this note from Help-Portrait Perth-Australia 2012:
My gorgeous volunteers, Merida, Alecia and Alyse, and I arrived at St Pats on Help-Portrait Day feeling like we were about to give those people something special.
Instead, we were left being the ones who received the most special gift ever!
We were honored to hear 27 amazing life stories throughout the day, and can not express enough how much that meant to us all. All of these stories have certainly served as a reminder to us, that every single person out there is only one decision away from being in their situation.
As St Pats quote (on their pop up vintage shop’s wall) says: “Homelessness can happen to anyone, at anytime.”
These images mean the world to me and all involved. I hope they serve as motivation to those photographed to carry on with their pursuits. I also hope they serve as inspiration to other photographers to join the movement!
Thank you Jeremy Cowart and all the Help Portrait crew! For having this brilliant idea, being such inspirational mentors and for all the support you have offered us in running our project in Perth!
You are all amazing and we are so so happy to have joined and made our little contribution.