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Homeless in London

Published April 23rd, 2012

Homelessness is a subject that has always been overlooked by both the government and the public. Everyone knows that the problem exists yet most choose to ignore it as they go about their day-to-day lives. In London alone the number of rough sleepers has risen by 8%, a figure that is increasing year by year as unemployment rises and government funding becomes scarcer. Homeless in London takes an up close and personal look at Londons many homeless revealing some of the experiences that they go through on an everyday basis on the streets of London. Revealing aspects of homelessness that are normally hidden away from society such as drug addictions and relationships formed on the streets. We live in a world with seven billion people, yet these people are still alone.

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Paul who is 30 became homeless after being thrown out of his house after punching his stepfather after he hit his mother. Used to people walking by like he's invisible he sometimes wonders if it's worth waking up.

  • March 28th, 2012
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/4 / 1/250 sec

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Leigh came to London from Scotland in search of work, as he had nothing left for him back in Scotland. He hoped for a better life in London but unfortunately got caught up with the wrong crowd ending up becoming addicted to drugs, resorting to begging to feed his addiction.

  • March 19th, 2012
  • NIKON D700
  • 35mm / f/3.5 / 1/500 sec
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Alan aged 30 has been homeless many times throughout his life. Most recently after being kicked out of his housing association flat when his neighbours accused him of selling drugs.

Alan

Alan aged 30 begging outside Oxford Circus tube station after he was made homeless after being kicked out of his housing association flat when his neighbours accused him of selling drugs.

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Tara aged 32 begging on Waterloo Bridge, has been homeless for 17 years after leaving her adopted parents when she was only 15.

  • April 8th, 2012
  • NIKON D700
  • 35mm / f/2 / 1/800 sec

Tara

Tara aged 32 has been homeless for 17 years after leaving her adopted parents when she was only 15. Tara has two children both of whom are in foster care due to being born whilst she was addicted to heroin and alcohol.

  • April 8th, 2012
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/1.8 / 1/2000 sec

Leigh

Leigh trying to settle down to sleep.

  • April 17th, 2012
  • NIKON D700
  • 35mm / f/2.5 / 1/250 sec

Leigh

After begging all day Leigh settles down to sleep at around 2am every night on the concrete floor, causing him severe back pain and leg cramps. Leigh feels he is safer to sleep on a street rather than being hidden away although wherever he sleeps he is vulnerable.

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Moxie sleeps outside a Karen Millen store every night. Although he lays his bed down when the shop closes at 7pm he is lucky if he gets any sleep at all due to the many deliveries that take place throughout the night. An issue that many homeless deal with when trying to sleep in central parts of London.

  • March 28th, 2012
  • NIKON D700
  • 35mm / f/2.5 / 1/160 sec

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John spends his nights inside a telephone box, as he does not feel safe out in public, as he knows of many people who have been beaten up by drunken passers by.

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Oz showing a burn on his leg, which was caused by drunken people setting fire to his sleeping bag.

  • April 3rd, 2012
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/3.2 / 1/400 sec

Leigh

Leigh is addicted to crack and heroine, an addiction that came about on the streets. He takes it to numb the pain that he feels in his back and legs from sleeping on the floor every night and needs it at least three times a day. Without it he feels sick.

  • March 19th, 2012
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/1.8 / 1/2500 sec

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Leigh heating up the crack and heroine.

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Leigh holds a needle filled with a "snowball" which is made up of crack and heroine as he prepares to inject himself.

  • April 8th, 2012
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/1.8 / 1/30 sec

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Leigh injecting himself in the groin area, the biggest vein in the body. He does this as he has used up all of the veins in his arms.

  • April 8th, 2012
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/1.8 / 1/30 sec

Brian

Brian became homeless due to numerous drug problems which he blames nobody but himself for. He is trying to get off the drugs in order to get off the streets.

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Brian shows the scabs on his right arm of where he used to inject heroin showing that he is trying to get off of it.

  • March 19th, 2012
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/1.8 / 1/125 sec

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A group of homeless people sitting and sleeping outside a halifax bank in charing cross. Some homeless people form close bonds with others on the streets like a family, this way they are less vulnerable at night.

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Moxie reads the holy bible, which he received whilst living on the streets. Forming a close relationship with religion like many other homeless people as a way of dealing with the harsh realities of street life.

  • March 28th, 2012
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/1.8 / 1/250 sec

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Oz aged 51 became homeless after leaving the army in 2003 due to post traumatic stress and flashbacks.

  • April 3rd, 2012
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/3.2 / 1/400 sec

Oz & Oi Polloi

Oz stares affectionately at his dog Oi Polloi who lives on the streets with him. Oz has formed a very close bond with his dog Oi Polloi who is named after his friend who died in Afghanistan where Oz also served years ago. Oi Polloi is someone that Oz can talk to and keeps him warm at night.

  • April 3rd, 2012
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/3.2 / 1/400 sec

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Brian looks up at a person walking by in Tottenham court road station. Brian prefers to be alone as he feels that he will end up in trouble if he mixes with other homeless people.

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Shoung0690
Natthapol Vanasrivilai  about 6 years ago

love your story, i've never thought of asking how they got to this point before.

Myoh
M L (inactive)  about 6 years ago

reminds me of paris, interesting and important subject i like!

Joupin
Joupin Ghamsari  about 6 years ago

thank you!