THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF SHIT GOING ON WITH PEOPLE IN NEED FOR SHELTER LATELY. WHEN COVID-19 HIT, A LOT OF DAYTIME SHELTERS COULDN’T ALLOW THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THEY’RE USED TO ANYMORE, BECAUSE OF THE 1.5 METER RULE. WHEN MOST OF US WERE SEND INSIDE FOR SAFETY, A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE GIVEN THE OPPOSITE MESSAGE. MANY PLACES WHERE THEY COULD USE THE TOILET, GET A FREE SNACK OR A LEFTOVER CLOSED AS WELL. PLACES TO SIT WERE TAKEN AWAY, PEOPLE TO ASK AN EXTRA FROM WERE IN THEIR HOMES.

THREE BIG NIGHTTIME SHELTERS OPENED AT LOCAL SPORTS HALLS, LIKE THE HOGENDORPHAL. A GREAT JOB BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF AMSTERDAM AND ALL OTHER INSTITUTIONS, PEOPLE AND COMPANIES INVOLVED.

UNFORTUNATELY THESE PLACES WILL CLOSE AGAIN AT THE 31ST OF JULY. A LOT A PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO RETURN TO THE STREET.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO LIVE OUTSIDE. PEOPLE WHO FELL OUTSIDE OF OUR CAPITALIST SOCIETY. PEOPLE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, IN A SITUATION WE COULD ALL END UP IN.

HUGO & I CAME UP WITH THE WORD ‘OUTSIDERS’ AND JUST AS SOON WE DID, ALL MY OTHER IDEAS AROUND THAT WORD CAME TO LIFE.

I FELT LIKE AN OUTSIDER, I FEEL LIKE AN OUTSIDER. I GET INSPIRED BY PEOPLE THAT PUT THEMSELVES OUTSIDE OF THE MAINSTREAM. I RESPECT PEOPLE THAT OPENLY LIVE THERE LIVES THE WAY THEY WANT AND DON’T CHANGE THAT FOR OTHERS. THERE’S A GREAT DEAL OF PEOPLE FEELING OUTSIDE OF SOMETHING. THERE’S A GREAT DEAL OF PEOPLE NOT ACCEPTING THAT. THERE’S A GREAT GREAT DEAL OF PEOPLE JUDGING THAT AND NOT MAKING SPACE.

WE TRIED TO MAKE A PORTRAIT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE AN OPINION ON BEING AN OUTSIDER, HAVE AN OPEN MINDSET, BRING POSITIVITY OR JUST DON’T MIND BEING WHO THEY ARE TO CELEBRATE BEING DIFFERENT. TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT WE’RE ALL OUTSIDERS AT SOME POINT. WE’RE ALL DIFFERENT, AND IN THAT WE’RE ALL THE SAME.

I HOPE YOU’LL LOVE THE PICTURES, I HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER SUPPORTING DE REGENBOOGGROEP AND I HOPE WE CAN BE KIND TO EVERYONE.

BIGGEST THANK YOU TO CARLY RENWARIN, BELYS OGANDA SANCHEZ, SERGINHO STEKKEL, JORIS VAN ROOZENDAAL, HADIDJA SIMBARAKIYE, JENNIFER HOPELEZZ, HUGO DE JONGE, BENJAMIN AERTS, ZOË SABAJO, WESSEL DE GROOT & YURI NIEUWENHUIZEN (MR.MEOWGI), KATHLEEN, JOLA, YUSUF, SEBASTIAAN, DE REGENBOOGGROEP.