On Saturday, September 26, 15 Detroit PAL kids had the opportunity to pair up with 15 Detroit Police Officers for an amazing photography project. The ‘Pictures of Hope’ project brought them together to photograph their hope and dreams for their future and the future of the city of Detroit.
All of this was made possible by Linda Solomon. Solomon is an award-winning photojournalist who brought her nationally recognized ‘Pictures of Hope’ program to the deserving kids of Detroit PAL. “I am honored to help the children at PAL,” said Solomon, “Every child deserves to know their heartfelt hopes and dreams matter.”
The day began with the kids meeting the officers and getting into pairs. The kids and officers spent some time getting to know their new friends before beginning their photography lesson. During the lesson, each child had the opportunity to take a picture of the officer they were paired with. They could put them in front of any background and in any pose they felt described them the best. Solomon spent time with each child showing them how to properly use the cameras and how to get the best shot!
Following the lesson, all of the children spent time writing down their hopes and dreams for their future or for the future of the city. These hopes and dreams would be the subject of the pictures they would take later on in the day. Before heading out to take pictures, each child was surprised with their very own digital camera! The cameras were generously donated by Walgreens and the kids loved their gifts!
The kids and officers then set off throughout Detroit to take the perfect pictures that represented their hopes and dreams. Thanks to the generosity of Avanti, the pictures the kids took will be printed onto greeting cards and sold during the holiday season. All of the proceeds from the greeting cards will directly benefit the more than 12,000 children Detroit PAL serves every year.
Thank you so much to Linda Solomon for bring your ‘Pictures of Hope’ project to PAL, Walgreens for donating cameras, Avanti for printing our greeting cards, and to all of the officers for volunteering their day to work with and inspire the children in the city.
Detroit PAL will be unveiling the final photographs at a ceremony in November. Stay tuned for more details and check out all the pictures on our Facebook page!
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