Athena Prado Higgins inspected the array of color images affixed to the mesh walls of a pop-up exhibit in Occidental Park, Oct. 7. “I’ve seen homeless people with animals and I know the comfort animals bring,” she said.
The participatory photography aspect of “Shifting the Focus” is the brainchild of photographer Gemina Garland-Lewis, who provided people experiencing homelessness with disposable cameras and notebooks to document their lives and the relationships they have with their pets.
Other aspects of the project, such as the research survey, were part of a collaboration between the University of Washington’s Center for One Health Research, and the university’s schools of law, social work and nursing. Participants were surveyed about owner/animal relationships and about the benefits and barriers to keeping pets while experiencing housing and food insecurity.
The exhibit will be at Cal Anderson Park on Oct. 10 and at Ballard Commons on Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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