A jump for joy in the park with Cary Haniford in Cathedral City

Cary Haniford photographed by Eyoalha Baker for Jump for joy Photo Project and Palm Springs Cultural Center Artist Residency

We met Cary sitting in the shade in the park beside the Pickford Theatres. I got the impression that Cary was down on his luck, so I said hello and asked if he would like to jump for joy. Without hesitation, he happily agreed!

Get to know a little about Cary and what makes him jump for joy:

Q: What inspires you to want to jump for joy?
Life. Being alive is reason enough. And the Lord.

Q: What was your experience doing the jumping photos?
I felt joyful. Happy. Uplifted.

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
Joy is a connection to god. It makes everything better.

Q: How do you feel about being part of a collaborative Coachella Valley community project that promotes joy?
Important. It makes me feel important. It feels like I matter.

Q: If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
Help save people.

Mini bio: (Paraphrased from our conversation)
He moved from Massachusetts to Santa Monica as a child and loved the ocean. He became a house painter, but then became addicted to crack and has been homeless or staying at a friends house.

Cary is not online, so he may not see this post, but I am very thankful that he took the time to share joy with us.

If you’d like to help out people in Palm Springs who need a hand up, please make a Donation to the Well in the Desert.


Thank you to the Palm Springs Cultural Center inviting me to be your first Artist in residence and bringing the Jump for Joy Photo Project to the Coachella Valley.

If you live in the Coachella Valley and would like more info on the project, or would like to take part, email us: jumpforjoy@psculturalcenter.org

Follow Jump for Joy on:
Instagram: @jumpforjoyphotoproject
Twitter: @jumpforjoyphoto
Facebook: /JumpForJoyPhotoProject

Please... share the joy :)

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