The Culture & Art of Aging | Walter Grio: SFC

This series of photographs from the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt home, a home for low-income seniors, offers a glimpse into the unique culture of art and aging. Thanks to the generosity of the home’s founders, residents are able to live in a safe and swanky neighborhood in Washington, DC, where one might just stumble upon an artist (who knows just what she likes) with a paintbrush in one hand and a purse full of chicken wings in the other. (So we hear.) Shoot for Change photographer, Walter Grio, joined resident artists as they prepared for what is one of the most unique gallery presentations in the DC Metro area, and captured a bit of the passion for paint these artists offer at their yearly show.


Walter Grio: “Shoot for Change manifested after a fashion and makeup photoshoot in Stockholm, Sweden. After posting those photos on the web in November 2006, a couple of people asked me to take their photos and to name my price. Considering I had just started taking pictures, I was surprised when someone asked me to do this, let alone want to actually pay me. I thought about it and a few hours later, this statement was born: “All the money from every photoshoot that I do will go to a nonprofit organization.” I typed it, marinated it, debated it, and after several days, I knew this was something I needed to do. I instantly bought a domain, created a website, and registered “Shoot for Change” at the US Patent and Trademark Office. After the makeup photoshoot, I realized that I truly loved photography and that money would never be a motivating factor. My vision is that “Shoot for Change” will take a life of its own and will become a kaleidoscope of highly skilled photographers, models, designers, stylists, and a creative community with one thing in mind: to shoot for change and inspire the world one click at a time.”


The mission of the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home is to provide extraordinary health and life care services to indigent and modest income seniors of the District of Columbia, empowering them to live their lives to the fullest. The Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home family is committed to seeing the truth and beauty of growing older. We take our vow to care for the whole person seriously, always remembering that ours is not a relationship of a moment but, rather, a relationship built upon a history of living life to the fullest. Time and age need not be a gift of the past but a promise of a full and well-spent future.

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