Sasha Leahovcenco, Sacramento, CA:
Two years ago I had the amazing opportunity to go literally to the end of the earth to photograph people who never had their photo taken.
At schools, churches, homes and hospitals I could give people a moment to forget their troubles and just smile for the camera. But while shooting with nomadic reindeer herding families it was me who was most deeply touched by the experience. For although my hosts had few material possessions they shared with me something rare in the world – a sense of peace and satisfaction with life.
This March we are going back on a new journey across Chukotka. We are going to travel over 1000 miles and reach out to the most unreached places in Chukotka. We will visit people who have never had visitors in their life, stopping by every village and tribe on the way, giving them warm clothes, shoes, gifts, and simply showing them grace and love. The very exciting part of the trip will be taking pictures of the natives, printing them on the spot and handing them to the villagers. This will be the very first time that these people had ever had their photo taken.
A large part of the project is sponsored by us, but unfortunately we can’t pay for all of it ourselves. That is why we need your help. Our kickstarter almost at 50% mark and need have another 12 days to go. With your help I belive we will be able to reach our goal.
You can view our kickstarter page here.
Behind the Scenes at Sasha Leahovcenco’s Help-Portrait: Chukotka, Russia
Sasha Leahovcenco Takes Help-Portrait to the Ends of the Earth
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