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The White Bearded Man - Forgotten britain

This was taken during Christmas time...

Forgotten Britain' is a personal project I've been working on for the past few months on homelessness. Wa...
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This was taken during Christmas time...

Forgotten Britain' is a personal project I've been working on for the past few months on homelessness. Walking through City streets of Britain such as London and Slough for example, I'd walk past homeless people whom I met on a journey back home one day. After time their faces would linger in my mind, remembering the moments where passers-by would turn the other way pretending not to see them or often cross the road. Going over to talk to this man was the day that my approach to photography was changed. Stopping to chat, buying someone a meal, sitting with them buying them a cup of tea, brought more of a significant meaning to these photographs.

I want the audience to erase the idea of the stereotypes of the homeless that they are often labelled as.
The faces of the people in these images seem to be a part of the black background almost blending in, suggesting that the dark world of homelessness has a hold on them, making it difficult for them to leave. The power of the ‘’Dark side” (Black background) appears to be slowly engulfing these individuals as they reach out for help, from the world of light. However, the light from that world does not shine on them enough to eliminate the dark side completely. The darkness also signifies their addiction disorders, financial crisis, redundancies, unemployment, poverty, crime, relationship breakdown-family disputes, mental illnesses, and domestic violence, lack of affordable housing and evictions. My choice to produce images without colour involves a simple choice between two worlds that are clearly opposite which are represented by Black and White. (i.e. Right & Wrong, Light & Dark, Good & Bad or Good and Evil constituting a two-valued system.)
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avimiaaz
 
avimiaaz July 18, 2014
Fantastic photo! The b&w contrast is perfect for this portrait, but even still... his character just rings out!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta September 23, 2014
Excellent mono portrait & your reasons for taking it with all the others in your VB Portfolio - being English & having lived near to (i.e. Tilbury & Grays, Essex) & worked in London for many years, I really sympathize with the homeless who live on the streets / outside the underground stations etc there & admire your personal project for which I personally look forward to seeing more in the future in your Portfolio. Congratulations for being Featured, which is well deserved.
Roxy1
 
Roxy1 September 23, 2014
Fabulous!
vojce PRO
 
vojce September 23, 2014
WOW,fantastic photo,bravo
kenkestermurray
 
kenkestermurray September 23, 2014
Congratulations on your feature, excellent photo!
kizziemurray
kizziemurray September 23, 2014
Thank You!! :D
erikaevaphoto
 
erikaevaphoto September 23, 2014
Absolutely wonderful !
HelenRea PRO+
 
HelenRea September 23, 2014
Wonderful image Lizzie, I agree with your take on the homeless.... I'm looking forward to browsing your Gallery and a big congratulations! :)))
iceman2
 
iceman2 September 23, 2014
Beautiful lighting in this beautiful B&W capture.Congrats!
SusiStroud PRO+
 
SusiStroud September 23, 2014
I love what you are doing and your photo is awesome! Congratulations on your feature.
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 September 23, 2014
fantastic shot..Congrats! ")
TinaTwinks
 
TinaTwinks September 23, 2014
FANTASTIC Kizzie :)
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz September 23, 2014
What a beautiful tribute and endeavor You have been doing with these portraits. You have reached one soul as your words and portraits have moved me. Thank you for what you are doing. Even those your work goes beyond the reason to be recognized I wanted to congratulate you on your feature.
srimanta
 
srimanta September 23, 2014
excellent portrait..... love it.....congrats.... :) Sri
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life September 23, 2014
awesomeeeee capture! huge congrats to you!!! :):)
LoanaLMP
 
LoanaLMP September 23, 2014
Excellent B&W image. Congratulations.
aamirbashir
 
aamirbashir September 24, 2014
Excellent
federicoferoldi
 
federicoferoldi September 25, 2014
The portrait really works! The eyes of the subject pop out of the image and really resonate with the hard contrast of the photo. You did a terrific job!
geopapa
 
geopapa September 25, 2014
Excellent!
running56horses PRO+
 
running56horses September 25, 2014
This is an amazing image! The poster child for the homeless everywhere. I really respect your efforts in this arena. People are extremely uncomfortable about dealing with the homeless. They don't understand that the homeless are people--some former doctors, waitresses, lawyers, businessmen, divorced single moms and farmers, maybe more so than drug addicts and alcoholics. The key word being "people." There, but for the grace of God, go I. Well done!
--Jamie
Teri_Reames PRO
 
Teri_Reames September 25, 2014
Your story touched my heart as we are similar in many ways. Though I have not taken pictures of the homeless. Our deeds are similar. We have donated jackets and blankets for years. But one day it occurred to me these homeless people could use personal items as well . . . such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant and other items. So now, I purchase special bags for all these items to fit in. And anyone in need receives one along with a blanket or jacket. It is the small things in life that can make a difference. Awesome, job on the photos and what good you are doing in life. You are one of the few angels left in the world.
Moodycow19
 
Moodycow19 September 26, 2014
How true are your words and your photo speaks volumes a magnificent portrait
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marnadeckerbenion September 27, 2014
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AlanandPaigePhotography
 
AlanandPaigePhotography September 29, 2014
Nice portrait, really like this
PennyWinn
 
PennyWinn September 29, 2014
Beautiful picture and wonderful search! Thank you for not forgetting and bringing these people to life.
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter October 01, 2014
Great b/w. Congrats. - Jake
aftab
 
aftab October 02, 2014
nice work
JoseV
 
JoseV October 10, 2014
Fantastic composition!
alicecritcher
 
alicecritcher October 19, 2014
Love the black and white, and realizium
Ujjwal
 
Ujjwal October 27, 2014
WOW!!! Congratulation.
Shulie1
 
Shulie1 October 30, 2014
Marvellous portrait - there seem to be so many forgotten people these days - what a great project!!
JoyceDickens
 
JoyceDickens November 02, 2014
Phenomenal work on every level; makes me smile to see such wonderful photography! jd
yvonnecollins
 
yvonnecollins November 13, 2014
What an awesome character he is and an awesome photo too......
Ingleman
 
Ingleman December 24, 2014
Amazing image, there's a story there in his eyes. Well done!
stephenvantuyl PRO
 
stephenvantuyl February 06, 2015
Outstanding!
ChrissyJones
 
ChrissyJones February 11, 2015
Wonderful portrait!
TheFoeToe
 
TheFoeToe March 01, 2015
Fantastic lighting
jeffsinnock
 
jeffsinnock March 06, 2015
Beautiful BW every tone is perfect
RobertWRozell
 
RobertWRozell April 25, 2015
A superb capture.
Follow_thelight PRO+
 
Follow_thelight May 21, 2015
This is awesome. I'm loving black & white and need to try this technic, THX.
normg123 PRO+
 
normg123 July 08, 2015
We have homeless here in America too. Unhappily, we arrest them in Los Angeles.
susieb
 
susieb July 13, 2015
Gorgeous powerful !
Tazman1960
 
Tazman1960 July 15, 2015
Just one word " amazing"

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