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Roger Hicks
11-06-2010, 15:08
Not necessarily why (or it might fall foul of the 'No Politics' rules), but whom. Not for money, but because you wanted to support them. And not by volunteering help/contributing money, but only via photography. I find my own list shorter than it should be, and increasingly parochial and self-interested as I grow older. Here are the ones I particularly remember, to whom I made my pictures available (they didn't always use them) or where I supported the cause via my own web-site, either primarily or in passing:

Save the Whale (aka Wave the Sail)
CycleBAG (Cycle Bristol Action Group)
The Tibetan Government in Exile
Guadalupe Passion Play (Guadalupe, CA)
The European Union
Rencontres Photographiques d'Arles
Association LAETA (Festival Estivale de la Dive)
Affordable, non-medicalized spas in Europe

Of course, the more we learn about anyone else, the less likely we are to dismiss them as 'other' or 'not like us', and that's important too. Feel free to post links to more-or-less activist sites to which you have contributed. After all, we don't have to click on to the web-site of The Official Monster Raving Loony Party (which is, in a rare moment of honesty, a small but genuine British political party).

Incidentally, if anyone wonders why I am 'wasting' so much time on the forum yesterday and today, I've bought a new, more powerful computer and am trying to install Lightroom, Photoshop, 2x scanner software, etc. ANYTHING is light relief from that! And occupies the time while I'm waiting for things to happen.

Cheers,

R.

Bob Michaels
11-06-2010, 17:16
Roger: the silence has been deafening for one hour. That says something.

I cannot point to anything I have done with the primary purpose of bringing attention or helping any social group.

I will say that I believe some have benefited indirectly in some very small manner from my work. These would include:

Cuban / American relationships with the people involved.
Minority groups, particularly South Apopka, becoming more visible in the Central Florida community.
The old guard of North Orange County FL as it is being absorbed by local population growth.
Specifically: Apopka Historical Society & Museum.
And lastly, a few lonely women who now have nice photos to put on their Facebook page.

But I will have to acknowledge that my influence has been small or local.

mgd711
11-06-2010, 17:22
Child Hope Asia. A small charity in Manila that cares for around 2,000 children.

MaxElmar
11-06-2010, 17:25
It's not much, but I help local artists, musicians, and arts groups by contributing free (or nearly free) photography and design to help with their publicity work. I have a some experience in the communications world and I like to share it with artists who might go unnoticed otherwise. (It's not perfectly altruistic - I really enjoy doing it.)

MatthewThompson
11-06-2010, 17:31
Local Cancer Society.

jbrubaker
11-06-2010, 18:07
Hi -I do photos for Kids Hope (a kids mentoring program), my church, and for a 2nd grade school class - field trips and special stuff. ---john.

smiling gecko
11-06-2010, 18:21
in the past i been one of many, many photographers that spent a day photographing the activities at various united way funded community organizations on the annual " day of caring" event.

i made two trips to beslan, russia in response to the terrorist attack and massacre at middle school number one in 2004. i have some images from the first trip in my rff
gallery. For more images and information please visit my (out-of-date and sorely in need of refreshing) website ; www.neverforgetbeslan.org

back alley
11-06-2010, 23:05
photography is a hobby, my sanctuary from my real life...which i have dedicated to 'helping' others.

oftheherd
11-06-2010, 23:14
In the sense of direction suggested by your efforts Mr. Hicks, nothing I am sorry to say. I have mentored a lot of photographers I have met along the way when the chance presented itself. I have done (a long time ago), 4 or 5 weddings for free for those whom I knew to be short of money and would have none if I didn't do it. One of the brides responded by photographing my wedding with a P&S I handed her on my wedding day when I found myself in the same circumstance. She did very well too.

I have taught college level courses, and was paid of course, but I would have been tempted to do if for free. It was so much fun to teach students that I could motivate beyond just getting a grade.

I wish I had the time to do better.

Turtle
11-07-2010, 05:00
I want to know what has been done for the innumerable cats that have been exploited by RFFers over the years!

swoop
11-07-2010, 05:19
I'd like to think my work helps sometimes, either by making people notice the plight of others or bringing awareness to issues. Sometimes there are things I photograph where I feel my images will help someone gain attention and public interest but too many times nothing is ever done with those pictures. These days it bothers me to even try because I know no one will ever see those pictures or know a persons story, and I feel like I got their hopes up for nothing.

But directly, I don't think I've done much. I've never been asked to donate my skills either.

robklurfield
11-07-2010, 05:25
Until very recently, I never considered that my own photography carried any possibility of helping anyone. I have given away a couple of images on request by a small theater company, a jazz journalist and museum curator. I always focused my own (to be honest, woefully insufficient) efforts in the realm of giving either the form of time or money. I never thought anything I shot merited any kind of giving (perhaps because of my choice of subject matter). Now, I'm questioning whether that's true. This thread and Roger's thread on making images of poverty have turned on my guilt which is probably a good thing in these times. Thanks for provoking me into reflecting on this. Perhaps my photography can serve something other than my own selfishness.

Roger Hicks
11-07-2010, 06:45
Until very recently, I never considered that my own photography carried any possibility of helping anyone.

This is the point, I think.

You don't have to be the best in the world.

You don't even have to be the best they could get.

It suffices to be what they've got, in the absence of anything better.

Cheers,

R.

Pickett Wilson
11-07-2010, 06:59
I contribute photography on a continuing basis to a number of groups, including organizations supporting abused women, animal rights groups and groups helping to feed the poor regionally (Caring is Sharing, etc). Lots of opportunities to help in various ways.

Sadly, things are incredibly tough out there right now for a lot of folks.

robklurfield
11-07-2010, 08:08
Indeed....

This is the point, I think.

You don't have to be the best in the world.

You don't even have to be the best they could get.

It suffices to be what they've got, in the absence of anything better.

Cheers,

R.

bigeye
11-07-2010, 10:23
Used my trip snaps for speaking at Haiti relief fund raisers. I'm embarrassed by their low quality - I had no time to 'focus' on photography and my one-handed, spray-and-pray efforts were not that successful. (I figured there were plenty of good shots coming out from others.) I do treasure them as my souvenir, though. Many private memories and stories within.

Haiti (http://picasaweb.google.com/113061588652552234047/HaitiQuake?authkey=Gv1sRgCInZof_OvO3tjgE#slideshow/5434565825918004242)

- Charlie

paulfish4570
11-07-2010, 11:40
lost people, and the poor in spirit ...

mto'brien
11-07-2010, 12:03
Local drug and alcohol detox center.

alun severn
11-08-2010, 06:32
A reasonable number of local voluntary groups and community organisations; a handful of specialist not-for-profit publications needing photographs. As Roger says, you don't have to be the best -- but what I have found sometimes is that what you can offer may well be better than anything a small voluntary organisation may have or have access to. In the past few years I have been gratified to see increasing numbers of pictures I've taken being used by voluntary groups in the way I hoped they would be -- in annual reports and other publications, on websites, in updated marketing literature, that kind of thing.

I enjoy the thought of having an audience and they enjoy the pictures and I hope benefit accordingly.

jsrockit
11-08-2010, 06:47
No one... for me, photography is a selfish thing I do for me... just to stay sane.

denpapp
11-08-2010, 06:49
Last couple of years have provided photos and prints for a charity event to benefit the local Leukemia and Lymphoma society and a partciular friend, who had fallen illl with Leukemia

johne
11-08-2010, 06:57
I have an article in the current issue of the Kentucky Humanities Magazine on the impact of mural art on Paducah and its environs. A noted impressionist painter [John Fulton Folinsbee of the New Hope School] was commissioned to paint murals on the court room walls in the New federal building in 1938. Locals objected. In the 1960s a local group painted their version of the local history on the Post Office walls. Currently, there is a massive mural project on the flood walls in the city that covers three city blocks. Interesting conflict between perceived use of art as a pruveyor of local history to art as art. Quite a challenge to me to capture the three perspectives.
John E.L.Robertson

Pablito
11-08-2010, 07:25
I have an article in the current issue of the Kentucky Humanities Magazine on the impact of mural art on Paducah and its environs. A noted impressionist painter [John Fulton Folinsbee of the New Hope School] was commissioned to paint murals on the court room walls in the New federal building in 1938. Locals objected. In the 1960s a local group painted their version of the local history on the Post Office walls. Currently, there is a massive mural project on the flood walls in the city that covers three city blocks. Interesting conflict between perceived use of art as a pruveyor of local history to art as art. Quite a challenge to me to capture the three perspectives.
John E.L.Robertson

Very interesting and complex situation no doubt.

johne
11-09-2010, 14:23
Pablito,
Appreciate your comment. Thanks.
John

Nescio
11-09-2010, 16:03
Some 10 years ago I stayed 2 months in Burma with my girlfriend and back in Spain we did some sort of a report on the country's situation with 3 slide projectors and a 1 hour conference for the local Zapatista movement support group (one of the most important in Europe, for that matter).
Well..., lots of congrats on the images, but nobody was actually really interested. Maybe the pictures were faeces and the conference a bore, but at least we tried and at the time I still remembered my journalist days, so I secretly put the blame on them.
Since then I only work my backyard, photografically speaking, doing the ocasional CD-cover that never gets published, but one of the best things I did lately was not making a photo but buying a film compact for a 85 year old lady in my neighborhood who claims to be a poet and a photographer. She definitely is not that but a poem and a constantly changing photograph by herself. And perhaps she wouldn't be half herself without that little P&S.

johne
11-09-2010, 16:10
Bravo Nescio!
John

Nescio
11-09-2010, 16:30
Thanks John, but now I feel I was presuming on something that is no better than giving a glass of water to the thirsty. Or is this just doubling false modesty?

Pablito
11-09-2010, 16:32
Pablito,
Appreciate your comment. Thanks.
John

Worked with similar situation a number of tiemes, very familiar with the issues.

Pablito
11-09-2010, 16:34
@Nescio - "Nos mean y nos dicen que llueve"

....but that is the nature of life...

;)

johne
11-09-2010, 19:28
Nescio,
A good deed done is worth a hundred contemplated. Just enjoy the moment.
John

Often it is so easy to do a good deed that, upon reflection, we seem to feel guilty. Don't.

bo_lorentzen
11-14-2010, 16:52
Shot production stills for indie production at no charge.? (free beer don't count)

Invested in P&S for a couple of 3 world shooters I email with. have seen those little cameras being published in UN articles so something good have come of it.

Aside from that, I gave at the office and am a real grump about it. :D


Bo

www.bophoto.typepad.com

nikon_sam
11-14-2010, 18:59
For the past 10 or 11 years I've been the unofficial official photographer at our church..I've done just about every type of event a church can have, I enjoy when we have special guest speakers or when we work with other organizations that do events outside of the church grounds...most people that know me there know me as the church photographer...
Also both our kids were in Marching Band and Jazz Band (High School)...we went to just about all their performances and I shot all I went to...for the last six years the photos I took for the Marching Band were the ones they used in their yearbook spread...at the end of the year they would have a band banquet and we would display photos of the kids taken throughout the year...after the banquet we would let the kids take their favorite photo...
One of the other parents would make a DVD of the different competitions we attended and put those together along with some photos...we gave a copy to the Senior Class and the others would buy theirs...the money raised would go back to the band...

ssmc
11-14-2010, 19:42
Shot production stills for a senior film project. I did get credited (no $ or even beer though), but I was happy to have the experience of shooting people in a "documentary"-type setting, which was totally new to me... but unfortunately that's about it

Scott

tedwhite
11-14-2010, 20:19
Started the photography programs at Blackburn and Cochise Colleges. Taught in both for a time, but that doesn't count as I was paid. However, getting a photography program through a sometimes hostile, sometimes indifferent curriculum committee was a serious PITA. But perseverance furthers. I loved turning students on to black and white photography, then later on turning it all over to younger and very talented instructors.

mike-s
11-16-2010, 12:36
I photograph fundraising events and other things for the Guide Dogs for The Blind Association, Northern Ireland division.

Brian Levy
11-16-2010, 18:33
Never did anything for a not-for-profit. I have taught beginner and intermediate photogrpahy courses for adult ed and like to think I made a positive contribution to the hobby in some way.