Named the "Most Influential Photographer on the Internet," celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart is continuing his aim to raise awareness and financial support for hurricane survivors through "Resilient Light," a collection of Photoshop free portraits for charity documenting the strength of hurricane survivors.
Capture Integration, Apple, Canon, LensRentals, WHCC and ShootProof partnered with Cowart to help make "Resilient Light" possible, joining the voices of people supporting the rebuilding by purchasing art. A vital sponsor to the effort was Brookdale Senior Living who graciously supplied the necessary resources and placed the "Resilient Light" team in direct contact with those in the affected areas. Their support of the Florida community was key to making the project possible.
"I have just been really overwhelmed by Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria that hit Puerto Rico. I love to try to respond in situations like this, but wondered how a photographer like me could help. The idea for 'Resilient Light' came from the desire to help the survivors, ultimately turning tragedy and devastation into beauty. I really believe the survivors we met are the resilient, and that is what we want to shed a light on," shares Cowart.
"I want to be sure and thank our participating sponsors at Apple, Capture Integration, Shoot Proof, Lens Rentals and WHCC. Also. a very special thank you to our premier sponsor, Brookdale Senior Living, for really investing so heavily in the people of Florida and wanting to work on a project that gives back and truly makes a difference."
For every print sold, ranging from $35 to $195, 100% of the proceeds will go back to the individuals and families in this community who have been displaced by hurricane damages through two organizations indigenous to the area. Guadalupe Center breaks the cycle of poverty through education in the hard-hit Everglades area where 41% of people live at or below the poverty line.
"Resilient Light" will help in their hurricane relief efforts in Collier County, Fla. by assisting students, teachers, and staff with temporary housing, repairs and replacement services, temporary economic assistance, food, water, and supplies. For areas in Lee County, Fla. The SWFL Hurricane Irma Longterm Recovery Fund, a fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, will be the recipient of the project with proceeds to help people hardest hit in this county.
To support these organizations through purchasing the photos, visit www.ResilientLight.com.
Ensuing one of the most devastating hurricane seasons in U.S. history, Cowart and a small team of six traveled to Southwest Florida to capture the undocumented strength in the survivors of Hurricane Irma. In the images, Cowart utilizes an uncommon technique, painting light inside dark destruction sans Photoshop.