I’ve been working with a talented and inspiring group of Charlotte area photographers and graphic artists on “Charlotte Through Our Eyes,” which gives youngsters whose families are facing difficult financial struggles a chance to learn and express themselves through photography.
The brainchild of David Johnson, founder of the non-profit Silent Images, the program is bringing together the creative energy of several local visual artists. Johnson quit his teaching job in Charlotte to travel the globe documenting persecuted and oppressed people. He uses his work to raise awareness and money for indigenous people, sending any profit from his work back to the people he has documented.
Helping coordinate the project is Elizabeth Marx, another photographer with a passion for helping the oppressed through her work with her Almond Leaf Studios. Richard Sharpe, an architect who decided to shift his focus to his love of photography, was documenting some of yesterday’s session.
The youngsters and their mentors spend part of each session in different areas of Charlotte with the kids taking digital images that will later be used in an exhibit at the Levine Museum in Charlotte.