Between Hurricane Maria, Irma, and Harvey, the 2017 Hurricane season has been one of the most devastating in U.S. history. With the death toll at 196 people, millions of families and businesses in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have lost power, running water, and are still displaced from their homes. The long-term impact of these storms has only begun to surface, and the cost of rebuilding is still incalculable.
As victims of the storms have been assessing their losses and navigating the overwhelming task of rebuilding their lives, Celebrity Photographer Jeremy Cowart has been brainstorming a way to help. With the success of his last relief project in Fall 2016, “Voices of Gatlinburg”, he was determined to find a way to bring awareness and relief to Irma's victims through another photography project.
From September 27 - October 2, Jeremy and a small crew traveled to Bonita Springs, FL to capture the undocumented strength in the victims of Hurricane Irma. Using an innovative lighting process, Jeremy's hope was to portray the resilient light found in survivors of trauma, as a reminder to them and to each of us that we have what it takes to heal and rise again.
For every print sold, 100% of the proceeds will go back to the individuals and families in this community who have been displaced by hurricane damages. By sharing the glimmers of hope and resiliency that exist within devastation, we hope to help as many hurricane victims as we can begin to rebuild their lives.