Quadriplegic Mike Becker photographs his way through Chicago (AUDIO)

By Ellen Kobe

Several years ago, Catholic Charities Chicago gave disposable cameras to many of their homeless and at-risk-of-homelessness dinner guests, encouraging them to take photos of the city from their perspectives. One of the participants was Mike Becker, who is a quadriplegic. The experience taught Mike a hobby he now loves and empowered him to explore Chicago — even when it’s hard.

Catholic Charities held its 13th annual After Supper Visions photo exhibit in June. Photographs by the exhibit’s 64 artists, including Becker, are available for purchase online.

Photo at top: Mike Becker, a quadriplegic man who takes pictures all over Chicago, became interested in his hobby through a photography program offered by Catholic Charities. (Ellen Kobe/Medill)