“Give a photo, don’t take it”. That was the aim of photographer Charlie Clift and a team of creatives after volunteering at The Passage – a homeless charity in London. They were inspired by Help Portrait, a global movement encouraging photographers, producers, filmmakers, stylists and makeup artists to come together and give something back.
For two years running, the team had made a studio in the basement of The Passage to photograph some of the people it supports. “They have both been fantastic days,” says Charlie, “we have danced to hip-hop, sang to Elvis, heard some fascinating life stories and created images that everyone has loved. It’s rewarding using your skills to put smiles on the faces of those less fortunate.
“All of the people photographed had time to enjoy the experience and make the most of it – someone to do their makeup, a stylist to create their outfit, and then a complete studio with lights, cameras, music and action. At the end of the day they could each leave with some beautiful prints of themselves and many good memories.”
The Passage does important work in supporting those who are homeless or vulnerable. If you would like to donate or find out more about their work, head over to www.passage.org.uk.
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