Eye Contact Photographic Exhibition
 
Most people hurry past the homeless, casting their eyes away, or simply ignoring what is a familiar sight on our streets.  Sadly, they believe the problem is intractable.  This attitude stymies the necessary community support for addressing the problem and percolates through to State and Federal policy.
 
Photographer Phil England’s series ‘Eye Contact’, initiated by the Rotary Clubs of Perth and Heirisson, has sought to change this with the creation of 20 larger than life portraits of homeless Western Australians, each locking viewers with an arresting gaze.  Short written snapshots of their experiences accompany the powerful portraits, enabling confrontation of the issues they face in life on the street. There is a story behind every homeless person.  The purpose of the portraits is to help viewers recognise the humanity in homeless people and help bring about changes in attitude in our community. 
 
Rotarians can help by bringing the exhibition to a location near them.  This can be a public place or a local school.  The exhibition works really well with secondary school students, and has already been exhibited at a wide range of schools including Guildford Grammar, Hale, Girrawheen SHS, St Georges AGS, and John Wollaston AGS.  In many cases, the schools have taken advantage of the exhibition to incorporate the students’ experiences in appropriate lesson work.
 
The portraits are 1.8m x 1.3m, free-standing and stable.  For schools they can be exhibited in a large classroom, theatre, gymnasium or dining room.  A smaller subset can be exhibited if space is at a premium.  For public locations a good area is required.  Rotary will deliver the portraits, help set them up and take them away at no cost to the location.
 
Contact: Ken Mullin on ken.mullin@iinet.net,au