I recently took on photography commission for a new project that reached out to me called ‘Home’. A new platform that aims to shine a light on the effects and causes of poverty and homelessness, and also hold to account the people in a position to help change the situation of those involved.
It’s a project that once I’d heard about it, I was incredibly eager to get involved. As someone who grew up with little-to-no money in the household, I have a first-hand understanding that poverty isn’t always as obvious as people may think. It’s not always the extremes that many attribute it to be, such as homelessness and rough sleeping, poverty actually affects the people in your communities, behind their front doors.
My brief for the project was clear – help bring a visual reality to the conversation of ‘Home’.
The thing that startled me a little bit when I began walking around finding my subject matter, was how normalised poverty has become. We’re almost desensitised to it so much that we barely notice it in our day-to-day lives.
I was soaking in areas more than usual, areas that I usually walk through every day at a pace, without ever paying any attention to what’s going on. It took me seconds to find signs of obvious substance abuse in the streets when I looked for it.
The first image above was in Northampton’s Town Centre area. A patch of grass near the former Greyfriars site. It was absolutely littered with used needles, hundreds and hundreds absolutely everywhere. Some used, some still in packets.
Whole areas left neglected, needing obvious investment, whilst unaffordable housing is built just around the corner. A massive, unfair juxtaposition.
One street presented constant abandonment. Houses, old factories. From boarded up doors and windows, to just completely destroyed fascias.
I really look forward to seeing ‘Home’ flourish, and seeing how it holds those in positions of influence and power to account, through raising the awareness of the cause!