Saturday, 14 February 2015

Homeless Chat

GRD, f2.8, 1/160, ISO 400, JOG b&w

The day didn't quite go as planned, the original plan had a lot more photography in it. Still, I did get some other stuff done and bought some new shoes which will be beneficial when walking around taking photos in the future.

I see a lot of homeless having set up camp in London and they surely don't travel light. I do wonder though how they got to this point and what they actually expect by camping in central London. If they don't want to spend their time sleeping on the streets they would need to do more than sleeping or sitting on their ass all day.
I find it quite annoying and think the city would do well to get rid of them or at least get them out of the city and put them somewhere in one of the many abandoned buildings on the outskirts, at least they would have a roof over their heads.
I don't have anything against homeless people but I don't like lazy bums sitting on their ass all day or sleeping in the centre with half their household around them and blocking the way. Plus it's easy enough to get some form of benefits so nobody should really need to sleep on the street.


  1. You should seek out a homeless count or some other volunteer opportunity that puts you in direct contact with the homeless and in a position where you need to speak with them, interview them, find out why they are there, why they aren't in a shelter, why they aren't able - or don't want to access services.

    You'll find out the reasons are many and varied and when you are done, you won't be able to write what you've written in this post.

  2. Thanks for your comment!

    You are right that maybe I should seek some more direct contact with homeless to find out more about their situation. I think this could make for an interesting project.

    Still, if the homeless here would at least keep themselves and their surroundings where they stay clean, not to ask to be even half as clean or well dressed as the ones in Japan, I might have a different view on them but not as it is. Nobody has ever done anything or improved their situation by sitting around all day waiting for people to give them money.
    They want my respect, they need to get their ass up and do something, cleaning themselves and their place where they sit up would be a good start.