Amanda Thieu Capstone

Philadelphia is one of the most heavily populated homeless cities in America. “Each year in Philadelphia homeless outreach organizations engage over 5,500 individuals living on the streets in cars, abandoned buildings, train/bus stations, and other places not meant for human habitation.(Project Home)” We are surrounded by people on the street daily but we never take the time to actually sit down and have a conversation with them. Get to know who they are as people, what makes them tick, or how they feel on a day to day bases. The main concern is how can we break the stigma of homelessness.
As we walk by people experiencing homelessness on the streets and different motives of transportation, their very existence as a living breathing human is going to waste. Society is making these citizens feel invisible. The goal of this project is to inform people and raise awareness that homelessness, not only in Philadelphia but across the United States is a serious issue we as a society need to help fix.
Throughout this project and exploring the city, I have met some inspiring and tremendous individuals. Each story is unique and I’ve been honored to be able to interview and transcribe their realities and paste them on a website. I’ve also covered a Philadelphia Youth Commission meeting on Youth Homelessness. Many people from across the city gathered to engage and discuss how we as a society assistant and diminish youth who are experiencing homelessness.
 All of the photographs on the website are my original pieces. *Disclosure: More stories are going to be posted. Burns, Amelia. "CLICK HERE to Support The Homeless Photo Booth Project." Indiegogo. Accredited Business, n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2016.
This link is somewhat of a go fund me page to accept donations for a Photo Booth for the homeless. Overall as a project, I don’t think it’s the best idea because I don’t think it’ll benefit everybody if they just sit in a Photo Booth. I came across this project looking for ideas about how I was going about this photography project, and honestly, I don’t think this is practical…

Henry, Desmond. "What Happens When You Give 100 Cameras Out To Homeless Londoners." Refinery29. N.p., 2015. Web. 5 Feb. 2016.
So this is basically the same article as another one below, but instead of looking at the actual content, I noticed how they structured the website/blog. They have a clickable slide show that flips through the photos that the homeless people taken with a brief text on the side. I’m not sure if I like this type of method but it’s a different approach to what I originally wanted to do. This link helped me see how the same information can be portrayed in a different layout.

Huff, Steve. "My Homeless Project." Stevehuffphoto. N.p., 19 Nov. 2006. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.
Steve Huff used monochromatic photography to take the profiles, action shots, and other poses of homeless people in their natural place. His photography captures the emotions of the people just in one click. His site and project are useful to me because that’s exactly what my project is going to base around. He gave me the foundation to start and structure my capstone. He also shows which techniques and camera he uses to take pictures of the people. Under the photos of the people, he attaches a writing piece which is what I’m going to do.

Jeffries, Lee. "I Photograph The Homeless By Becoming One Of Them."Bored Panda. BoredPanda, 30 Sept. 2015. Web. 5 Feb. 2016.
Lee is an amazing photographer that shoots closeup head shots of his subject. These pictures and works of art move me as a photographer and a person. This is breathtaking and it has so much more of a meaning behind it than just photoshopping it to perfection. When looking into the eyes of the subject, you feel like you’re literally looking into their soul and feeling the pain that they’re feeling. The composition of photographs are perfect r

Rowse, Daren. "Street Photography: Exploitative vs Respect." Digital Photography School. Digital Photography School, 1 Feb. 2013. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.  
This is one of the biggest concepts to think about when doing street photography. When doing street photography, everything needs to be genuine and not exploitative. There needs to be a boundary that gives a willing subject to have a conversation with you. Everything has to be truthful and with consent. This link differentiates the difference from Exploitative and Respect. Before you put them under pressure, you have to build a relationship and connection with them, it makes the photographer and the subject more comfortable to be interacting with each other, the pieces will come out more pleasing if they’re compliant. I need to learn this boundary before I go off and take pictures of the subjects.

Schoeller, Martin. "#SycamoreandRomaine."Https:// HobNob, n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.
Originally, Martin’s instagram that my advisor showed me after I told her my final idea of my capstone is going to be one of the part of my final piece” On Martin’s instagram he has luminous profile shots of his subjects that exposes every crack and crevice of their face. He’s taking these head shots and the following interview below to raise awareness of people living on the street and maybe how they got there etc. He’s a professional photographer that works for the organization to raise donations to help the homeless. With 111k follows on instagram, and roughly around 2,000 or so likes on his pictures, he’s reached people not only in his own community but others to raise awareness to these people. For my project, not only will I document the interview but so focus more on their positive aspects, I don’t want to make them known for their homelessness, I want them known for all the passions and ambitions they have in life.

Stanton, Brandon. "Humans of New York." Humans of New York. N.p., 4 Nov. 2010. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.
This is probably the most famous project that people will know about. A photographer in New York started this project on November 4th, 2010 where he randomly approaches strangers on the street and interviews them. Not only is it a brave tactic to use for a photojournalism project, but it captures the raw image of people walking down the street and saying the first thing that comes into their mind. Unlike me though, he focuses on people’s backgrounds or opinions on different topics. He has a well praised page and project and I also based my project like his. Where he has an online blog and posts the photo gallery up there with the text of the interview below. I hope to broadcast my project on flickr, facebook, create an instagram page, and another blog site.

Zheng, Michael. "100 Cameras Were Given to the Homeless in London. Here's What They Captured." PetaPixel RSS. PetaPixel, 25 Aug. 2015. Web. 05 Feb. 2016.
Instead of the homeless being the subject of the photographs, 100 cameras were given to the homeless in London. The results are spectacular. They go into places that ordinary people never have the chance to visit and take amazing photos of their surrounding environments. This link helped me to realize that when the people I’m interacting with talk about their passions, I hope to help them achieve their goal even if I have to teach them guitar myself. This is amazing work that these people produce and it gives them some sense of importance when they see their works of art at an art exhibit.