March 10th, 2010, I was honored to receive the 4th annual “Humanitarian of the Year” award from WPPI for work I had done getting cameras into the hands of Russian orphans and having some of their pictures published in RangeFinder magazine. At that time I had no idea how significant this award would be in forecasting the direction my life was about to take.
“Using photography to make a difference in the world” has become my guiding light, artistic expression, and humanitarian practice. With images and words I am changing perceptions of the homeless from one of FEAR and JUDGMENTS to one of LOVE. The formula is simple - acknowledgement of our common humanity. It starts by making eye contact, offering spare change, a kind word, or just sharing a smile. These simple acts can inspire real change. Practice them and see for yourself. What will your eyes see?
“Dirty Kids” is a view of both the beauty & darkness I’ve discovered in the shadows of our streets. I have been welcomed into this community as family. These dirty kids, lost boys, and outcasts are the contemporary prodigal sons and daughters of our time and I celebrate their unconventional journey home, as it parallels my own. There is a common longing to be accepted in our brokenness and reminded that we are, in fact, worthy of Love. I communicate this worthiness with a camera and a hug.
Denise and I inspire ambassadors of love among the homeless and high risk youth. Will you join us? WE > ME. With your partnership, we can collectively create greater healing. This book is the next step toward that broader vision.
Photography is a teachable, independent skill that can produce an income for creative kids on the streets. A selected few will be invited into a training program and gifted equipment upon successful completion. Corporate sponsorship and interested philanthropists can help launch this program with "at risk" foster kids in the Las Vegas area. Please contact us for more information.
There are many ways to help spread the good news about the Dirty Kids book. Against all sane advice, I am launching a book during a pandemic, without an email list, reaching out to friends we know!
Please purchase a book or two. For every book you purchase, we give one to a dirty kid.Thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world. Let these kids be seen.