Through intimate portraits, a Newton photographer is helping Boston’s homeless

Nick Cosky wants to put names and stories to those faces we pass on the street.

Newton photographer Nick Cosky has been turning his lens from Boston skylines and sunsets to an often-overlooked aspect of the city: its homeless population.

Cosky found himself complaining about the bitter cold one night while he was outside taking pictures of the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square, but he felt selfish after noticing a homeless man sleeping on a bench, according to My Fox Boston.

He started donating his clothes to those less fortunate and would have a conversation with each person, learning a bit about their lives. Now, he’s creating a portrait book of Boston’s homeless to put a name and story to their public-yet-neglected faces.

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Cosky is working on the book with friend and writer Matteo Urella, who will write each individual’s story. One hundred percent of the book’s proceeds will benefit the Pine Street Inn, a temporary housing shelter that also works to move homeless people into permanent housing, Cosky wrote online.

The photographer is currently asking for help with donations for backpacks and socks March 7 to 11 at The Boston Dream Center. The center is located near South Station at 151 Pearl Street and open for donations between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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