Two years ago, I took my first photography class, in iPhone photography. Earlier this year, I had a photo I took (using a real camera) accepted to a print show in Dumbo called Resist! I had taken the photo (below) while attending the Jewish Rally for Refugees in a cold rain at Castle Clinton in lower Manhattan. The sales from all prints in the show went to two charities: The Reproductive Health Access Project, and the Ali Forney Center, which protects and empowers LGBTQ+ youth.
I recently had four photos accepted to the Summer Print Show at Brooklyn Central. I was given the opportunity to designate a charitable organization to which the proceeds from any sales should be donated. I gladly chose the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS) at the Univ. of Calif. - Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. CGRS protects the fundamental human rights of women, children, LGBT individuals, and other refugees who flee persecution, by providing cutting edge legal expertise and training, policy development, research, and in-country fact-finding, and uses international human rights instruments to address the root causes of persecution. The organization's director, Karen Musalo, is not only the leading scholar and advocate in the field of gender-based asylum, but is also one of the nicest people one will ever meet.
The link to the online print show is https://squareup.com/store/brklyncentral (my photos are A26- A29).