Atlanta: Under the Bridges

Brian, known as the "Preacher under the Bridges" has lived on the streets for over 20 years.

A young volunteer navigates the steep grade of an underpass to deliver a lunch.

Reta, comforted and prayed for by a young volunteer bringing food.

Touch and sincere interaction are trademarks of the 7Bridges volunteers.

Matt Brandon of The Digital Trekker once asked me during an interview if I ever did any humanitarian photographic work in my own backyard, Atlanta. I was stumped. I have traveled days to get to a remote village in many of the 60+ countries I have photographed in. But I have never had  an assignment with a local organization that helps the hurting living under bridges just 45 minutes from my comfortable rural home.

That changed this weekend as I was asked to photograph for The Do Good Experience, billed as a conference to inspire and equip students to serve  daily through acts of love and service to at-risk communities. Hundreds of students fanned out across the metro area to serve with local non-profits.

One of these non-profits is 7 Bridges to Recovery, a faith-based group that goes out in the streets and under the bridges of downtown Atlanta every week, regardless of weather.

I am looking forward to linking up with other non-profits in my own backyard…not too many frequent flyer reward points…but rewarding none the less.

All Photographs copyright Gary S. Chapman

(Nikon D3s, 24mm f1.4, 1/1000 sec, f1.4, ISO200)

(Nikon D3s, 24mm f1.4, 1/400 sec, f2, ISO800)

(Nikon D3s, 70-200 f2.8 @120mm, 1/160 sec, f2.8, ISO800)

(Nikon D3s, 24mm f1.4, 1/250 sec, f5.0, ISO200)

Please consider supporting these organizations:

The Do Good Experience and 7 Bridges to Recovery





17 thoughts

  1. Pingback: Atlanta : Under The Bridges | DoGood Experience

  2. Hi Gary I found your blog/site because of this post since it’s in my home in Atlanta as well, all of your work is amazing! Inspiring me to get out there and try to do some good in my own backyard as well.

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  4. Cindy…sorry it took me such a long time to respond. I just now saw your comment. Thanks for taking the time to look. Looking forward to continuing conversations with you. Blessings!

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