Free Portrait Vancouver returns to the Downtown Eastside
There’s a very special local movement that is very deserving of some awareness. Free Portrait Vancouver, headed up by famed local photographer Jonathan Cruz is making an impact in one of our most challenged neighbourhoods: the DTES.
Last year 100+ volunteers helped more than 800 of these residents get their free portrait – a free portrait that shows them at their personal best, often as a needed tonic for low self-esteem or as a gift they can send to often-estranged family to show that they retain the dignity we all are born with. This year, Free Portrait Vancouver is returning to the Carnegie Centre for a fourth year, with a goal of 1000+ portraits for DTES residents. This is significant in many ways; not only is the movement growing, but it’s been welcomed by the DTES, which typically shuns outsiders from spending time there – let alone with cameras. As the ‘safe haven’ of the DTES, Carnegie Centre typically does not allow photography in their space, but they have given Free Portrait Vancouver the privilege of hosting this event one day every year.
To donate to this worthy cause, find FreePortraitVancouver.com and click on the donate button.