A group gave 105 homeless people disposable cameras. These are the photos they took.

A group of 105 homeless people gathered at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Each of them was given a disposable camera and told to take pictures that represent "my London."

Photo by Richard Fletcher/MyLondon Photography Contest. All photos used with permission.

The photos were entered in an annual contest run by London-based nonprofit Cafe Art, which gives homeless artists the chance to have their work displayed around the city and, for some of the photographers who participate in the yearly challenge, in a print calendar.


"Some people have had experience, and others have never picked up a camera before," said Paul Ryan, co-director of Cafe Art.

The program, Ryan explained, includes mentorship and training from professional volunteers at the Royal Photographic Society, including winners of the contest from previous years, many of whom are ultimately inducted into the society.

The goal of the challenge is to help participants gain the confidence to get back on the job market, search for housing, re-engage with their social circles, or even activate dormant skills.

"I really enjoyed it. And I started to get involved in my art again, which I’d left for years," a 2015 participant said in a video for the organization's Kickstarter campaign.

These are 11 of the top vote-getters from this year's contest:

1. Ella Sullivan — "Heart Bike Rack"

Photo by Ella Sullivan/MyLondon Photography Contest.

2. Alana Del Valle — "London Bus with Sculpture"

Photo by Alana Del Valle/MyLondon Photography Contest.

3. Beatrice — "Out of the Blue"

Photo by Beatrice/MyLondon Photography Contest.

4. Laz Ozerden — "What Now?"

Photo by Laz Ozerden/MyLondon Photography Contest.

5. Leo Shaul — "The Coffee Roaster"

Photo by Leo Shaul/MyLondon Photography Contest.

6. Christopher McTavish — "St. Paul's in Reflection"

Photo by Christopher McTavish/MyLondon Photography Contest.

7. Hugh Gary — "London Calling"

Photo by Hugh Gary/MyLondon Photography Contest.

8. Keith Norris — "Watching Mannequin"

Photo by Keith Norris/MyLondon Photography Contest.

9. Siliana — "After the Rain"

Photo by Siliana/MyLondon Photography Contest.

10. Saffron Saidi — "Graffiti Area"

Photo by Saffron Saidi/MyLondon Photography Contest.

11. Jackie Cook — "Underground Exit"

Photo by Jackie Cook/MyLondon Photography Contest.

Ryan, who has been developing the program for seven years, said that while there's no one-size-fits-all solution for individuals who are homeless, for some who are too used to being "knocked back," the experience of seeing their work on display or in print — and of success — can be invaluable.

"Everyone is helped in a different way, to get up to the next step in whatever way they need to."

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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