In early June, Jason Storbakken distributed disposable cameras to 10 homeless residents of New York City.

Storbakken, the director of chapel and compassionate care at The Bowery Mission and author of "Radical Spirituality: Repentance, Resistance, Revolution," directed each photographer to capture "things they hoped others might see."

Here, Storbakken has allowed us to run 17 photos from the project, along with the photographers' statements.

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The photos from this project have been curated into a show called "Through My Lens," which will spend the next year in various locations around New York City.

"That dog always runs up on me. But she's nice. Her name is Pam." – Robert Perry


First, the show will be displayed at the Bowery Mission Fellowship Hall as a counterpart to the Lower East Side Art Drive, a silent auction of professional artwork held next door at the New Museum on Sunday, December 14.

"This reminds me of my mom — the lady leg and the big splotch over the rest of her. She left me when I was two." – Robert Perry


The show is dedicated to Robert Perry, the photographer who took the photo below and the two previous, who was hit and killed by a New York City driver earlier this fall.

"I've been homeless on and off since I was twelve. I never really had a bed. This bed looks beautiful … like a dream. I usually sleep in The Bowery Mission or on a park bench or I take the A train to Far Rockaway and back three times and that gets me some sleep. I’m 57 now." – Robert Perry


"We identified 41 photos where the image was really striking or the story was striking — sometimes it was both," explains Storbakken.

"This is the grandstand at the Aqueduct. They are keeping the track decent in the off-season. I like to watch the planes land. Kennedy airport is in the background. Watching the planes from the grandstand inspire me to think about traveling – the quest to travel!" – Sean Collins

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