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Welcome to MYSYDNEY calendar We connect people who have experienced homelessness with the wider community through photography.

Opera House behind steel bars Sydney Harbour Bridge

In November 2015, we provided 50 disposable cameras to people affected by homelessness in Sydney and gave them one challenge: We want you to capture your view of Sydney, where you sleep, where you spend your day to see Sydney through your eyes, your Sydney. This calendar showcases the talent and creativity of participants in the 2015 MySydney Calendar photography challenge.

Here is a piece written by a girl, 30, who has experienced homelessness. She kindly agreed to use her talent in graphic design to help us with the calendar design. The city teaches us. She illustrates that we are at our loneliest when at the heart of a swarm. She explains that it is wise to hide at night, and we are only safe when concealed by dark foliage. Here, with newspapers stuffed into our clothes for warmth, we can sleep. Come dusk, she leads us, hungry, to the fruit markets, where rotting fruit and vegetables are discarded at the day’s end: our feast. This beautiful city, she reserves us many architectural caverns, the most revered of which are public toilets - a guarded bounty of priceless spoils - a hand basin, a toilet, and a door that closes. And sometimes this city sheds light upon good deeds - she teaches us gratitude for the passing smile which had helped us feel human for that day.

ARTIST: KATHERINE TEMPLE The cover shot is of the iconic Opera House from the vantage point of climbing the bridge. “This is a very special place for me” says Katherine. “I always feel positive when I see the Harbour Bridge – it tells me to be strong. I feel the feminine energy of the Opera House saying “I’m always here for you, I love you”. Through not fitting in, Katherine wanted to leave Sydney once and came to the exact spot where this photograph was taken to contemplate these 2 friends of hers. “They convinced me to stay” she said. Katherine Temple emigrated from Vietnam in 1998, where she was a wedding photographer. In Australia she has struggled to fit in, that is until she found the community at The Wayside Chapel, a community she is a big part of. She has always been artistic, writing a winning poem in “Out of Place, Prose Poems and Microfiction”. She now lives in low cost housing and often just sleeps in her van with her dog, Rupert. WINNER: CRITIC’S VOTE 2ND PLACE: PUBLIC VOTE


THANK YOU to the volunteers

Special thanks to The Wayside Chapel (especially Rob, Guy and Diana), Gabe Grieve, Alex Wilson, Cheryl D’Silva, Jessica Caprioli, Ana Maria, Anthony Tockar, Courtney Cadzow, Claire Patmore, Demi Barclay, Chris Walsh, Margaret Burns, Aibhlinn Stokes and Printcraft. Thanks also to Paul Ryan and Michael Wong from Café Art for believing in us and allowing us to go with the idea formed in London and for their guidance throughout the project. We wouldn’t have been able to do this project without your support. Michael Allwright & Sophie Smit.



Sunrise from McKell Park Darling Point

Jessica has recently come out of a domestic violence situation. She is awaiting some kind of housing solution and is positive about life. “I’m one of those people things just happen to” she says, referring to how a $20 note flew and landed on her knee recently when she was hungry. “I want to help people” she says, “and I want to use my experience and help other people with their challenges.”

ARTIST: JESSICA HOARE

Jessica took this shot of Sydney’s sunrise one morning because she woke up there and thought it looked beautiful. “It’s a nice, peaceful and quiet place to spend the night, away from trouble” she says.

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Woolloomooloo Feet Woolloomooloo Wharf

Katherine Temple emigrated from Vietnam in 1998, where she was a wedding photographer. In Australia she has struggled to fit in, that is until she found the community at The Wayside Chapel, a community she is a big part of. She has always been artistic, writing a winning poem in “Out of Place, Prose Poems and Microfiction”. She now lives in low cost housing and often just sleeps in her van with her dog, Rupert.

ARTIST: KATHERINE TEMPLE

Katherine took this shot of her feet while walking along Woolloomooloo Wharf. “There is no destination on this journey, keep learning every day” she says.

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Sunrise behind trees in Manly Manly Beach ARTIST: JOE BLOW

Joe Blow was born close the beach in Newcastle and has moved around between Newcastle and Sydney since. She first came to Sydney in her early 20s. She says “I have a love of the sea and need to have it around me to feel complete.” Joe has been homeless for the last 3 months.

“I’m a water baby, I’ve grown up around water all my life and it is a special part of me.” says Joe. “Sunrises are beautiful and at the beach they are even more special.” This shot, taken at Manly Beach one morning she took because “it looked beautiful.” WINNER: PUBLIC VOTE

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Colourful Stripes Sydney CBD

Lorelei/Leroy emigrated from Mexico in 1987, at a very young age, having some trouble fitting in. Having a camera helps them “feel a sense of power and purpose”. Falling apart after completing a university degree has led to rough sleeping some of the time. On the competition we were told: “I felt really good and my anxiety went away when I had the camera.”

ARTIST: LORELEI / LEROY (BIGENDER) Lorelei/Leroy loves colourful things. “I was walking around the city looking for a colourful picture to take. I couldn’t find anyone or anything: then I thought – hey I’m colourful, so I took a picture of my socks!”

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Wayside Bus - Diversity King’s Cross

Jessica is 23 years old. After her mother spent time in jail, she came back just before Jessica’s 18th birthday and they spent 18 months together pushing a trolley of their belongings up and down George Street. They currently live on the poverty line, but still find a way to look after people in trouble at The Wayside Chapel and also the 9 dogs they have accumulated. “One of our dogs ate my camera” said Jessica, “but I took several photos with Mum’s camera and they came out well.”

ARTIST: JESSICA ROSS

“This picture is about acceptance” says Jessica. “Two of our trans-gender friends are talking by The Wayside bus, with its logo – hate loneliness, love community.” This picture encapsulates what The Wayside Chapel are all about – a connection between people regardless of social status, sexual preference etc.

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Tony and Rippy Sydney CBD

ARTIST: LORELEI / LEROY (BIGENDER) Lorelei/Leroy approached Tony, a short sighted man with his part Border Collie at Pitt St and Market St. “I thought there’s nothing to lose, so I may as well speak to him.” Despite usually being anxious in these situations, they then had a good chat together, realising Tony has the same dog and prompting our photographer to exclaim: “I love dogs and I think the bond dogs and their owners have is very special. If it wasn’t for my dog, I wouldn’t be able to tolerate living in my place and would be on the streets.”

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Lorelei/Leroy emigrated from Mexico in 1987, at a very young age, having some trouble fitting in. Having a camera helps them “feel a sense of power and purpose”. Falling apart after completing a university degree has led to rough sleeping some of the time. On the photography competition we were told: “I felt really good and my anxiety went away when I had the camera.”

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Sydney from behind a fence Marrickville

Katherine Temple emigrated from Vietnam in 1998, where she was a wedding photographer. In Australia she has struggled to fit in, that is until she found the community at The Wayside Chapel, a community she is a big part of. She has always been artistic, writing a winning poem in “Out of Place, Prose Poems and Microfiction”. She now lives in low cost housing and often just sleeps in her van with her dog, Rupert.

ARTIST: KATHERINE TEMPLE

This is a special spot Katherine regularly comes to. Her sister visited a while back from Vietnam and they vowed to have their hearts permanently united. “There are 2 padlocks, 1 for her and 1 for me” she said, “and these symbolise our undying union.”

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Tree storm Parramatta

Jessica is 23 years old. After her mother spent time in jail, she came back just before Jessica’s 18th birthday and they spent 18 months together pushing a trolley of their belongings up and down George Street. They currently live on the poverty line, but still find a way to look after people in trouble at The Wayside Chapel and also the 9 dogs they have accumulated. “One of our dogs ate my camera” said Jessica, “but I took several photos with Mum’s camera and they came out well.”

ARTIST: JESSICA ROSS “I loved how I could see the outline of the birds sitting in the Jacarandas” says Jessica. This picture, taken just before a storm, made Jessica feel relaxed and happy. “I liked it because it was pretty and I like beautiful things” she said.

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Paper thin building King’s Cross

Matthew has been homeless since he left school. “If it wasn’t for my health, I’d stay on the streets all the time. I don’t like the constraints of living in a house” he says. Matthew takes a lot of photos of his life and experiences in The Wayside Chapel and around Sydney. He is an avid photo blogger.

ARTIST: MATTHEW

“I was walking down the street and I saw that and thought – that looks pretty cool” says Matthew of this optical illusion.

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Angel Wings King’s Cross

Mechelle was released from jail several years ago. Since then, after a spell living on the streets with her daughter, Jessica (also featured), they have found cheap housing and are on the way up. They are kept near the poverty line looking after people and their 9 dogs, one of whom ate her daughter’s camera. “We spend most of our money feeding the dogs” says Mechelle, “I mean, we don’t want them to be made homeless do we?”

ARTIST: MECHELLE ROSS This shot taken of her daughter was very poignant for Mechelle, who is so proud. “Angels still exist” she says, “spread your wings and everything will be fine, because you are my little angel.”

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Juxtaposition of bird and ferries Circular Quay ARTIST: CE

This photo was taken looking out towards Luna Park. “I still like going on the rides when I get the chance” says CE, “although maybe I am getting a bit old for that!” The seagull in the shot came quite by accident. “I was taking a picture of some paddle steamers and the bird just jumped in the shot” he says.

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CE, 32, has been coming to The Wayside Chapel and living in temporary accommodation for 15 years. His father got him into photography, and he has also helped Rough Edges with photography events.

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Where To Go? Pyrmont

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Larah and Matt both come from New Zealand and have been homeless frequently. They are positive and now say “cheers to old endings and great new beginnings.” They would love to travel more and their dream is to see a white Christmas one day.

This picture was taken by Larah during an argument with Matt. “You go back to Auckland and I’ll go over there” she said, pointing to Frankfurt, where there is surely snow at Christmas. They are now best friends again.

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MYSYDNEY A photography project to boost confidence in those affected by homelessness and to help raise awareness of the issue. To find out more about our project, please visit www.mysydneycalendar.com Images featured in this calendar came out of a photography contest for people affected by homelessness in Sydney held 4 - 11 November 2015. We gave away 50 disposable cameras and provided basic photography training from professional photographers. Participants were given 7 days to take photos of everything that inspires them, to show us Sydney through their eyes. This calendar can be purchased through our Kickstarter project and at local markets in Sydney. All proceeds will be used to extend the project’s scope in future years and to improve the lives of participants, providing a way to share and express through art. Thank you for your support. Several judges chose their favourite images for this calendar. The thirteen photographs featured were selected through both a public vote and a critic’s vote. The judges included: Michael Pritchard, Director-General from The Royal Photographic Society; Paul Ryan and Michael Wong, co-founders of Cafe Art, London; Guy Cooper of The Wayside Chapel; Patrick Stevenson, Sydney based photographer and Chris Walsh, Photographer at Patrick Jones Studio.

JANUARY Jessica Hoare

FEBRUARY Katherine Temple

MARCH Joe Blow

APRIL Lorelei / Leroy

MAY Jessica Ross

JUNE Lorelei / Leroy

JULY Katherine Temple

AUGUST Jessica Ross

SEPTEMBER Matthew

OCTOBER Mechelle Ross

NOVEMBER CE

DECEMBER Matt and Larah

This calendar was printed and sponsored by Printcraft. A big thanks to everyone who has been involved throughout the course of this project. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support of the volunteers and our backers on Kickstarter. The views and statements expressed by photographers in this calendar do not necessarily reflect the views of MySydney Calendar. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying, duplication or reproduction of the images without the prior permission from the artists or MySydney Calendar constitutes an infringement of copyright.


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