GUEST BLOG POST, FROM NATHAN CLENDENIN. ORIGINAL VERSION CAN BE FOUND HERE. USED WITH PERMISSION (and gratitude!). Since Help Portrait started a few years ago, I’ve wanted to be part of something like that: giving away photos to those who’d never otherwise be able to have them done. I was always a bit daunted by the organizational/event planning type stuff that would go into pulling something like that off. Fortunately, World Relief Durham decided to put one together, and Stephen Garrett, Carolyn VanHouten and I jumped on the idea! We also met some really great photographers at the event, which was held at All Saints Church. These first two guys are both from Kenya but didn’t know each other until they met here as refugees and became fast friends. I believe they said they’ve been here about 6 months. I’m terrible with remembering names, especially ones I hard a hard time understanding in the first place… But two really nice guys. This young man is from Bhutan. In between groups we had a little bit of fun…

This last image I did from the parking lot because Janga (the man sitting proudly on his moped) showed up a little bit late. Luckily, Stephen and I were still talking shop in the parking lot and were able to take his picture. Kudos to Stephen for convincing Janga to bring his moped into the photo and turn on the head light! That’s his daughter with the guitar. They’re from Bhutan and have been here for two years. They seem to be doing very well.

Can’t wait for next year! [UPDATE: Photos from other photographers are up. Check them out. ~WRD]