Mark Harvey’s photography work with a group of homeless people in Sheffield was recently featured in the Big Issue North magazine (Issue No. 1176 27 March – 2 April 2017). The article by Mark Metcalf highlighted Mark’s work over the last 4 years with the Cathedral Archer Project, a charity in Sheffield offering support to the homeless in the city.
Mark’s first involvement was to take pictures of the homeless for his portfolio. He then offered his services to the project as a volunteer running weekly photography skills lessons. In these sessions cameras are provided for the homeless to capture their own images of themselves and their environment.
The project has been a great success. The participants on the weekly sessions have developed new skills, increased confidence and have relished the opportunity to use images to represent their daily lives.
Images from the project have been displayed in several exhibitions around Sheffield. Visitors have been able to see homeless people in a different light as the images do not portray the stereotypical view of a homeless person begging on the streets. In fact the majority of the photographs taken by the group have nothing to do with homelessness.