Published On: Fri, Dec 7th, 2012

Help-Portrait becomes large-scale project this year

WILLEMSTAD — Curaçao will join the now second successful worldwide Help-Portrait project. Help-Portrait project is a worldwide movement consisting of enthusiastic photographers, who use their time, equipment, talent and expertise to do something in return for the community. With the Help-Portrait project the emphasis is not on photography or photographers. All emphasis is based on giving to people, who don’t have the means to buy a camera or to have a professional portrait taken of themselves. Giving a person or a family something they’ve never received: a portrait of themselves or of the whole family. The pictures are not for the photographers or their website and are not for sale. The photographers of the Help-Portrait project only endeavor is to give something back to mankind.

The concept is simple. Find people in need, take a picture, print it and give them the picture.

Jeremy Cowart founded the Help-Portrait project, which is a charity deed from photographers that takes place every year on the second Saturday of December in at least 1520 locations in 56 countries in the world.

On Curaçao twelve photographers joined this project for the first time in 2011 and realized this within one month. They visited various authorities, took approximately 400 pictures of A4-format and these were accepted by many happy people. This year as many as 25 photographers will participate and the three sponsors found will pay for as many as 550 prints.

Contact was made with five district centers: Otrobanda, Seru Fortuna, Wishi/Marchena, Buena Vista and Boca Sami. The contact persons present were very enthusiastic and gave full assistance by distributing flyers. For more info visit www.help-portrait.com

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