My name is Darryl Barnes and I am a photojournalist working on a project which tackles what I think is a very important issue and one of the most detrimental facing our society today. Homelessness and Hopelessness. My project is called W.A.R (we're all relevant) and the reason I'm doing this is because of how I see mainstream treating their fellow man on so many levels. But no group has it worse than the homeless and for no other reason than they don't have a place to live. The public doesn't want to see them but they also don't seem to want anyone else to help them as is evident by the city of Oakland and other city's in the state of California by the actions of various cities to do things such as removing tiny homes that were donated to the homeless from sidewalks or just calling the tiny homes eye sores as if tents are better?
There's a lot of Nimbyism which is unfortunate because most of these folks are hard working and want to contribute to society. Their stories don't sound all that out of place from any one else's. I'm sure some of you know addicts and homeless people and some of you might have even been there yourselves. I know I have. The end goal of this is to create a photo-book which highlights the situation here in the bay area.
Ultimately I want this to be Vol 1 of a 3 volume set. This first volume will deal exclusively with the bay area I'm hoping to raise 15-$20,000 with this gofundme. The money will go towards allowing me to immerse myself in the camps around the bay without having to worry about becoming homeless myself. I already have over 15 hours of interviews. And I'd like to get a webpage up on my site dedicated to this project. The page would have all of the audio interviews to go along with the photos of the individuals who gave them.The money will also go directly to paying the subjects for the interviews in addition to providing aid to the camp in general. There are small children and adults there walking around barefoot and that's not good with needles being strewn about. Once the book is complete 80% of the proceeds will go the homeless. 50% of that will go directly to the people who participated. But this is only possible with your help! I'm going to need the time to be able to keep track of all of these people of the next year for vol 1. At least. When vol 1 is released. The first 100 donors (make yourself known via facebook) who supported the project will be mailed a copy of W.A.R vol 1 once the first print run is completed. This is an opportunity to help the homeless directly. You will see your dollars put to work in aid of those far less fortunate. Please I need your help! Click Here To donate to the gofundme