Challenging Perceptions Photographic Exhibition

Challenging Perceptions About Homelessness on the Sunshine Coast is a photographic exhibition featuring photos by Claire Letita Reynolds.

The exhibition included daily pop-up activities, as well as live music.  On Friday 7 August, the official opening, which included morning tea, drew a large crowd.

Claire, a prolific photographer, wanted to highlight those who experience homelessness daily…

The main thing that I wanted to say about the show is that it’s about the strength and resilience of people who have been a little hard on their luck. It’s an empowering show for some wonderful individuals.

Taken at various locations on the Sunshine Coast, these photos show individuals who are experiencing life and the struggles of being homeless.  It also shows the hope these people have.

The photographs show people of all different ages and backgrounds.  They highlight how homelessness can affect anyone, anywhere, and at any time.

One activity that visitors were asked to participate in was to take a selfie after they had imagined themselves losing everything.  The question they were asked was “if you could tell the world one thing about yourself, what would it be?”

With help from Nambour Community Centre and The Shack Community Centre, Claire was able to meet some of these people and hear their stories.  She heard their answers to the above question.

It’s been a privilege to be able to meet them, capture them, and just record a little statement from their heart.

Setting out to help change the perception of homelessness, Claire found hope and a community spirit she never knew before.  The organisers hope that those who visit this exhibition come away with the same feeling.

The Challenging Perceptions photographic exhibition was held at C-Square Nambour from Tuesday 4 August to Thursday 13 August.

Exhibition Activity

  1. Close your eyes
  2. Take 3 deep slow breaths
  3. Imagine you have lost everything
  4. Answer this question: “If you could tell the world one thing about yourself, what would it be?”
  5. Take a selfie
  6. Post both your image and answer to Instagram or Facebook with the hastags @homelessnessawareness #mycommunityismyhome