With a little bit of instruction and some help from local mentors, 15 children took digital cameras out into Denver to document what they hoped to achieve. Here’s what they saw.
These images were captured through “Pictures of Hope,” a program that the photojournalist Linda Solomon brought to Denver earlier this year. Solomon paired 15 children, whose families are living out of motels on Colfax Avenue and Salvation Army shelters, with mentors from around the community. Walgreens provided digital cameras, and the kids went out to take photos of what they hope to achieve.
“They want to help other children who are homeless, they want to help homeless animals,” said Solomon, whose program has visited 50 cities. “They want to be a mentor.”
The photos will be printed on cards and sold – available online here – with all proceeds benefitting the Salvation Army’s Lambuth Family Center in Denver. Linda Schlesinger-Wagner, founder of Skinnytees, sponsored the project.
And these images, Solmon said, can have material impacts on kids’ lives. In fact, one of the Salvation Army’s officers in Denver was a participant in Pictures of Hope about a decade ago in California. Tanya Pemberton’s daughter, Brittnie, took a photo of San Diego State University. The alumni association put together a four-year scholarship; she’s now a sophomore.