Victor Chirkin is a photographer living in Northern California. He started photography as a creative outlet nearly 20 years ago. His portfolio includes landscape, portraiture and travel photography. A photography project in the spring of 2013 changed the direction of his photography and his life. His focus now is documentary photography and activism, bringing attention to the plight of the homeless.
“My vision for my photography is one of service in the tradition of James Nachtwey and Lisa Kristine. Their focus has been more global, bringing attention to injustices around the world. My mission is to make a difference in my own backyard”
“My intent is to bring hope, dignity, attention and an identity to the Forgotten “Souls” that live their lives in obscurity, in the shadows and on the fringe of our communities. My hope is that my work promotes understanding, evokes a sense of humanity, inspires compassion and a desire to act.”
My sincere thanks to Jak Wonderly whose support, encouragement and feedback challenged my photography and pushed me to follow my vision. Without his class Receptive Photography and inspiration, I would not have ever started this journey. I also want to thank my friend Fritz Dutter and all the shelterless people I have met for trusting me and allowing me to tell their story through words and photos.
“Give freely of yourself to others, for service is food for the soul”