This lady asked for nothing and ignored us all and goodness knows how she has come to this state of being.
To my shame I've walked passed many of these people and pretended they weren't there. I have no idea why I took an interest in this particular woman but it may be because we were in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral surrounded by a wealth of buildings, gardens and lots of people and still no one saw her.
It has made me try to put myself in her place and I cannot bare to think about living like this.
She is just one of many, in this situation, all over the world.
If you have to spend some time on the streets, it's important to find ways to stay safe and warm.
1.Get a hot meal, shower and clean clothes during the day at a daycentre for homeless people.
2.At night, keep to quiet well-lit areas, near to other people if possible. You may moved on or hassled in busy public places.
3.Stay in a place where homelessness outreach teams visit with food and blankets. For example, near a daycentre.
4.Stay under cover or in some form of shelter in case of bad weather.
5.Wear lots of layers of clothing.
6.Hot food and drink can help you stay warm, so try to eat or drink something hot before going to sleep. A soup run could provide you with free food.
7.Alcohol can dehydrate you - try to avoid it before sleeping.
8.Use something create a barrier between yourself and the ground, such as a sheet, blanket, cardboard or newspaper.
9.Find a safe place for valuables. Try to store these at a day centre. It's safer than keeping them with you.
10.Keep in touch with friends and family to let them know you're safe – use the Message Home Helpline. -Some of the advice given by the charity Shelter.
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Energysavingelk (1215) 2014-01-06 10:26
what an excellent portrait of a homeless lady, especially the colours are just wonderful.
This is neither a man nor a street in the way you normally think about, but reminds me very strongly of the old song "Streets of London".
Just: well done!
Regards from Rhineland
tyro (20454) 2014-01-06 16:45
Oh, dear, this really is a depressing sight. And even more so when we look at this lady and realise that she is far from being a youngster.
I think that I would have felt very self-conscious taking a photograph like this but, if the lady made no response as you passed by her, I suppose I might have gone for the shot.
Whatever we feel about this poor lady's predicament, this is an excellent "reportage" picture, very well taken and with perfect colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
willperrett (7038) 2014-01-09 10:01
A powerful photograph, in the best traditions of urban documentary. I wonder if it might look starker in monochrome, but this colour version works well. Most people's charitable instincts will be directed to places like the Philippines and the Sudan; what are the chances that she will get the help she so clearly needs? A difficult image, which is certainly appropriate on this site as a abrasive reminder of another reality.