Homelessness – We Made This

One of the things that I have found most disturbing since I have moved to London has been the disparity between extreme wealth and extreme poverty. Worst still is to witness members of the public abusing homeless people. On Tuesday I witnessed a woman shouting at a homeless person and I shouted at the woman. Not something I usually do, it was an automatic reaction.

It’s not possible for me to speak to or donate to every homeless person, however, as a photographer I am forming an idea for a future piece of work exploring wealth and poverty.

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13 Replies to “Homelessness – We Made This”

  1. Homelessness is very stark in your part of London and enduring as well I believe Richard. One moves so quickly between the areas of almost impossibly extreme wealth and absolute poverty.
    One if the things I learnt though was that behind the closed doors of the apparently very wealthy a very different set of circumstances may sometimes be found.
    I look forward very much to your work in this area.
    Well done for your outburst!

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    1. That’s a very good point Sarah. There are some “wealthy people” who are in financial crisis, and that’s worth considering, but they don’t have the same struggles of social exclusion, lack of opportunity and lack of access. It may be something that I can explore in EYV Square Mile.

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  2. I live in a town with a large homeless population and the general callousness, inertia, and unwillingness to help, the attitude that homeless people deserve a hard and difficult life enrages me.

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  3. It’s unbelievable how people can be so heartless & cruel to those less fortunate than themselves. It’s good that someone like yourself stood up to this mindless bigotry. The divide between rich & poor is getting wider & will be a very interesting project Richard.

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    1. I’m not sure of how I’m going to do this. I might request that I take portraits and voice record an interview, or I may be more discreet and take Street style photos from a distance.

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  4. I love this post. I went to NYC directly from returning from West Africa, where I had been living the last 2 years. I was completely overwhelmed by the stark contrasts between developed and developing, first world and third world. I would love to see what you create from this idea!

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  5. It breaks my heart to see or read that poor or homeless people get abused, I myself would have done the same thing as you, I’m a woman so I would probably punch her in the face!😡 She must learn how to respect every human being, being homeless isn’t his falt or choice! Love the photos you added and waiting to see the result!📷✨

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