Cafe Art connected with one of the largest employers in London, Citi, with an exhibition in their Canary Wharf head office restaurant this month. Not only did we have a table to greet Citi employees on Monday but yesterday David Tovey spoke to the Citi Photography Club. David explained his story, which went from successful businessman and chef to unexpectedly losing everything after having a stroke and becoming homeless. He showed a small selection of photographs that he had taken during that time, including explaining how the focus of one image was of the dirt on the window from the upstairs of a London bus - a place where many homeless people go to during the winter to keep warm. He also explained the value of Cafe Art's activities to him. By helping him get out of his despair and focus on photography he was able to find himself again.
David Tovey presented a series of photographs to the Citi Photography Club. In this shot he explained how the focus of the image is the dirt on the window from the upstairs of a London bus - a place where many homeless people go to during the winter to keep warm.
Paintings by Cafe Art artists hanging in the Citi restaurant.
While the exhibition in Citi unfortunately can't be seen by the general public, you can see the photographs of the 2013 and 2014 exhibitions from which they were chosen from. The 2015 Cafe Art Photography Contest is on 3 July at St Paul's Cathedral.
A selection of photographs from 2013 and 2014 hanging in Citi, Canary Wharf.