ARE WE EUROPE
ARE WE EUROPE
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MY BUDAPEST (CALENDAR)

Budapest is home to many of us. We all have our favorite places: That special bench on Margaret Island; a street we cycle along to work each morning; or the corner where we meet up before grabbing a beer on Friday evenings. But what is Budapest like for those who literally call these spots home?

This is the second time Budapest Bike Maffia, in cooperation with the Café Art team in London, launched a photography contest for homeless people. Similarly to last year, volunteers handed out single-use cameras, provided by Fujifilm Magyarország, to the participants so they could capture the city the way they see it. The 12 + 1 pictures were combined in the MyBudapest 2018 calendar.

Proceeds go directly to the featured photographers.

The project aims to draw attention to the problem of homelessness, in order to challenge stereotypes and narrow the gap between different segments of society by giving homeless people a chance to show off their talent and also provide an insight into their everyday life.

January

January

by Kálmán TRESÓ
"Budapest Eye is a possibility for time travel, we can travel with the eye of time and can rethink our past, our present and where we are heading in future. This is a symbolic possibility in the heart of Budapest. I have chosen this picture because there is an aeroplane in it, which has some symbolic meaning."


 

February

February

by József NAGY
"I live with my family in the countryside in social rented housing and the conditions are terrible. I had to move to Budapest into a shelter so I can work. I took pictures of our home too and would have liked them to be exhibited. Showing this is important."

February

February

by Zoltán BODZA
"At the moment I live at a shelter for the homeless, sharing a room with a friend. I joined the project last year and really liked it. This is the reason why I decided to participate this year.

We took the pictures with my roommate. He is in this picture taken in our room."

APRIL

APRIL

by Norbert NYESTE

"I am 33 years old, a clean alcoholic, an ex-dope-fiend and gamer. That’s what led me to homelessness, and later led me to give up all that. Now I am on my way out of it.  

It was the last picture in my roll. I was just thinking of how to finish it when a dove flew right in front of my camera and answered the question for me. It reminds me of someone and something - of hope, as hope always arrives at the very last minute."

  by Antal VARGA  "I have been in this situation for four years, after two divorces, one illness and once hitting rock bottom. I’ll be retired soon and I am moving home to a small village in the country.  I have my morning coffee at the Market Hall, which opens at 6.00. I got there earlier. That was the moment when I took this picture. It is very rare that Liberty Bridge is so empty."

by Antal VARGA
"I have been in this situation for four years, after two divorces, one illness and once hitting rock bottom. I’ll be retired soon and I am moving home to a small village in the country.

I have my morning coffee at the Market Hall, which opens at 6.00. I got there earlier. That was the moment when I took this picture. It is very rare that Liberty Bridge is so empty."

MAY

MAY

by Márton GEDE
"I am not a visual type, but what I want to say is that these districts have lots of buildings in a poor state, and I would say, “Behold, brethren, see with your own eyes that there is a lot to do here!” We shouldn’t just be building new stadiums, but valuable old buildings should also be renovated."

JUNE

JUNE

by Tibor SELMECI
"It is enough to say that I was born 64 years ago. Like one of our poets said: “though short, existence is a burden”, that is why I still exist. 

The picture represents the whole Universe, we are on Earth, and we are part of nature. We have to live in harmony with nature. This is what I am used to. I feel peaceful when surrounded by plants, flowers and animals."

JULY

JULY

by Julianna SZEKERES
"Julia joined the project at one of the homeless shelters and returned her camera there. As she did not give us her phone number, we are unfortunately unable to contact her. We hope to soon congratulate her in person.

The caption is not a mistake, but it is the sign on the entrance. This is how both cats and dogs are shown in this picture."

August

August

by Norbert NYESTE
"The toy sitting on the top of the stack is at home. Symbolically I wanted to say that he is just like a homeless person, a strange guy living in the street, this is his home."

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

by Márton GEDE
"This picture has its story. I was drinking my coffee in the morning and saw a woman carrying a mirror. I ran across the street asking her whether I could take a photo of her. I think that a real photographer catches the moment and takes it."

OCTOBER

OCTOBER

by József HEGEDŰS
"I am 60 years old with no permanent job at the moment. I am waiting for my disability card. I live on ad hoc jobs, fixing windows at the moment. I live as I can and am happy if there is something to do.

I was near Heroes’ Square and wanted to take a picture of the memorial. As I went closer I understood it was somebody’s residence..."

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER

by Tibor SELMECI
"I am a very open person. Once an artist approached me in the subway, “As you are such an interesting person, I would like to do a painting or a sculpture of you. Would you be my model?” he asked, and I accepted his offer. Then for years I was their regular model at the painters’ studio of the Ady Endre House of Culture in Újpest.  This is one of the pieces that came out of it.

DECEMBER

DECEMBER

by József HEGEDŰS
"Walking in the city centre I caught sight of bubbles flying in the street. I looked up and saw some girls blowing bubbles from a balcony. I stood under the balcony and took this picture. I thought it was going to be a better photo.  I wanted to make the bubbles more prominent."