See OKC through others’ eyes: Photo exhibit shows Oklahoma through the eyes of the homeless

Posted on: 1:48 pm, February 5, 2014, by , updated on: 01:52pm, February 5, 2014

Photo by Carlton Houston

Photo by Carlton Houston

OKLAHOMA CITY – A reception will be held for the photographic exhibit “How I See OKC – Oklahoma City Through The Eyes of Its Homeless” from 6 – 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 at Istvan Gallery, 1218 Western Ave., Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City is beautiful, vibrant and growing.  But, for people who are homeless, Oklahoma City is a very different place.  The Oklahoma City of the homeless is dark, striking and alive in a way most of us will never experience.  This exhibit of captivating photographs offers a window into the other side of Oklahoma City, the way the homeless see OKC.

This exhibit is a collaboration between the Curbside Chronicle and Upward Transitions.  Five photographers worked closely with homeless and formerly homeless people who shared their stories, their lives and guided them with photography through homeless Oklahoma City.

“Our hope is that everyone who looks at these photos sees a person, a fellow human being with hopes and dreams and fears just like them,” said Dana Hope Chism, executive director, Upward Transitions.  “We’re also proud to have partnered with the staff at the Curbside Chronicle and we will be celebrating the launch of the latest issue of the Curbside Chronicle.”

The exhibit includes photographic work from local artists, including photographers from the Oklahoma Gazette and the Journal Record, who donated their time and talent.  The photographers also taught each homeless or recently homeless person some basic photography skills.