This photo was taken early morning in Brighton on a cold, wet, rainy day, the last day of spring. It looked as though the person was about to be crushed by the jaws of concrete hanging over him.
The image could be from any city in the world.
"By the 1930s in England, there were 30,000 people living in dormitory housing ("spikes") . In 1933, George Orwell wrote about poverty in London and Paris, in his book Down and Out in Paris and London. In general, in most countries, many towns and cities had an area which contained the poor, transients, and afflicted, such as a "skid row". In New York City, for example, there was an area known as "Bowery", traditionally, where alcoholics were to be found sleeping on the streets, bottle in hand."
"An estimated 100 million people worldwide were homeless in 2005. In western countries, the large majority of homeless are men (75-80%), with single males particularly overrepresented."
"In England, local authorities have duties under the Housing Act 1996 and the Homelessness Act 2002 towards some homeless people. This situation is described as statutory homelessness.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homelessness_in_England
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jadesgran (4466) 2013-11-23 23:08
What a sad picture!To think this is happening in this day and age in England is very humbling.
Maybe your picture will help towards more being done to help these people.
annjackman (16819) 2013-11-24 2:13
A social documentary photograph that is important to show. The blue blanket stands out against the rather ugly and depressing wall which do however have really interesting textures and decaying colours. The spot of pink graffiti is also good.
Very well taken photo - TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
snunney (76370) 2013-11-24 2:30
A melancholy capture made all the more so by the stark surroundings. Unfortunately, similar scenes can be observed in urban centres all over the world. A reflection on modern life, well maybe, but as your notes indicates this is not a modern phenomenon by any means. A well presented documentary image.
timecapturer (41792) 2013-11-24 5:08
evocative image this and from the town that I live just 7 miles up the coast from and spend most weekends in. Your perception and creativity here is both heartfelt and starkly powerful. It is a real problem in the City and as you say world-wide. A sign of the troubled times we live in and a damning indictment of so called progress!!
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
holmertz (34613) 2013-11-24 11:18
This is a depressing photo, and although it no doubt has an artistic quality it seems meaningless to mention that in this context. This has unfortunately become a quite common sight also in the Swedish major cities. I never expexted that. We thought we had solved such problems decades ago, but now the social security structures seem to be crumbling everywhere.
tyro (17250) 2013-11-25 8:59
Although I have never visited Brighton, I have always felt that Brighton was an opulent, wealthy and expensive place in which to live and so this picture comes as a great contrast to my conception of the place. How utterly grim that this poor wretch has to sleep in a sleeping bag in this miserable and fobidding looking place with its horrible dirty concrete walls and with a roof consisiting of rusty iron girders. It looks cold, miserable and wet too.
A very depressing scene which you have caught very well with fine composition, true light and colours and excellent details and sharpness. A very fine piece of reportage photography!
- Copyright: Trevor Moffiet (trevormoffiet) (1800)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-30
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus M Zuiko 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: United Kingdom
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-23 21:09