This past weekend, a group of photographers from the Shanghai Flickr Meetup came together to participate in Help Portrait. Help Portrait (http://help-portrait.com) was first started in the with the idea for photographers to give back to their local community through their equipment and skills. It has since bloomed into a global movement that spans across all the continents, from across the USA to Milan, Tokyo, UAE, Malaysia and Australia.
On Saturday, more than 35 photographers and volunteers worked together to help photograph over 60 migrant families at the New Citizen Life Center in Minhang, with the kind coordination of Xintu, an NGO focused on migrant families issues. Each family walked away with a total of 5 photos each: 1 large 8×10 portrait, along with 4 smaller portraits for them to send to their loved ones in their hometowns. One for each grandparent!
The goal of Help Portrait is to respect the privacy of the individuals we shoot, so none of the portraits were distributed online, so what you’re seeing are mostly shots of the day’s activities.
We were also very lucky to have Canon‘s generous support for the second year in a row. We had the use of three newly launched MG6180 new photo Multi Function Printers. The quality was top-notch and believe us when we say the photos were printed at lightning speed and the results were just fantastic.
In China, the Shanghai Flickr Meetup group has done it twice in a row and remains the only group in China to have participated. We hope that come 2011, photographers and volunteers from more cities across China will participate and give back to the community.”