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Hudson Hawk Barber & Shop - 'Humans Not Statistics'

Written by Larissa
Founder Randy Bacon

Founder Randy Bacon

We are beyond excited and honored to be partnering with Founders Paul Catlett and Thad Forrester of Hudson Hawk Barber & Shop, to present portrait images and stories in their multiple shop locations in 2018! They see and believe in the mission and impact of what we do at 7 Billion Ones, and with such compassionate hearts that are on fire for people, we know together we can be a part of something bigger than ourselves. 

Co-founder Paul says, “After reading the stories along with the intense imagery, not being a part of 7 Billion Ones wasn’t a option. By having these faces and stories in our Barber Shops, we hope that every person that walks through our door is positively impacted from this exhibit. My hope is that we can start looking at all people as humans and not statistics.

These two portraits featured above of our dear friends Kevin & Donnis are the first selected and we are so overjoyed to present many more portraits and stories of people from all walks of life, in an in-house exhibit at all Hudson Hawk locations coming soon! We love partnering with people that want to use their passion and specialities to change the world and the people they serve...we are so looking forward to the way these images and stories affect every person that enters a Hudson Hawk shop!

 

Words from Co-Founder, Paul Catlett:

Paul Catlett with his son (Photo courtesy of Hudson Hawk Barber and Shop)

Paul Catlett with his son (Photo courtesy of Hudson Hawk Barber and Shop)

There isn’t a better feeling than looking in the mirror and seeing a better version of yourself. After 30 minutes with your barber for a cut and a conversation, this is the result. This experience is something that we must not take for granted, or think that every individual in our society feels that. This is a luxury that so many homeless and less privileged never get to experience. Let’s choose not to overlook these amazing beings, and reach out our hands and eyes to them and view them as real people, no different than ourselves.

7 Billion Ones is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to bringing awareness to so many marginalized groups and individuals (including the staggering number of homeless and less fortunate). After reading the stories along with the intense imagery, not being a part of this wasn’t a option. By having these faces and stories in our Barber Shops, we hope that every person that walks through our door is positively impacted from this collection. My hope is that we can start looking at all people as humans and not statistics.

"Simple Blessings"

"Portrait of Two Buddies”  

"Portrait of Two Buddies”
 

A short story from our Founder & Photographer, Randy Bacon:

I can proudly say that Kevin and I have been good buddies now for over eight years. Yet with life, it is way too easy to get caught up in all of the 'to do' list items (especially this time of the year) and then you miss out on simple blessings of the day. I was at the studio last Friday frantically working away at crossing off one task after another and then I heard the doorbell - in walked Kevin, which I had not seen in quite sometime. My first inclination (considering the myriad of things to do) was to merely say hello and get back to the grind, but I heard that small, powerful voice in my heart say, "Slow down and relish these moments". So Kevin and I ate some fried chicken together for lunch and visited about life. We talked about memories, relationships, dreams, keys to living a full life and many more topics. I am glad I listened to my heart and simply stopped for awhile. It revealed to me what is really important about life - it is people you love and sharing life together. Thanks Kevin.

More on Kevin:

Kevin and Petra's Story "(I will not)Abandon You" --- Short Film

What Is Kevin Up To These Days?

Kevin and Petra "Judgement" -- Short Film