A recent trip through the United Kingdom, the heart of London was a true eye-opener for me.
I have visited before, but not with a camera, and without the hunt for awesome imagery. London in itself is spectacular, everything is picture perfect, from the street-side gourmet food stores to the little bakeries on the corner, you can not go wrong.
People often jump on the bus and see the city from a tourists point of view, we on the other hand wanted to explore, and almost ‘fit right in’ with the locals. We were looking for the people, the grunge, the history and the bespoke cafes and artisanal stores that one would not normally see on the high streets.
It is an amazing place with spectacular people from all backgrounds, all walks of life, who are helpful and always willing to have a chat or even tell a bit of their story. I don’t think I would ever get bored in London, as a photographer or videographer, there is so much to see and so much to do.
One thing that is constant all through London are the homeless people, asking for spare change or a hot meal, it’s soul destroying and for the most of them their best companion is their dog. This was a symbolic relationship for me as it shows the loyalty of the dog and how they will stand beside their owner no matter the circumstances. And, the owners in the same light, you see often sharing their meals with their dogs, not knowing where their next meal will come from, they share it with an animal. This made me come to the conclusion that those who spend more time around animals and treat them as equals are more ‘humane’ than those who spend more time around people and torture animals, the contrast is quite significant.
To honour these people, to give them a voice and to give all those who are struggling to find a roof over their head or a new start… I hope these images evoke emotion and encourage those with the ability to provide support to those who could use some, to do so as well as to be grateful for what, and most importantly who we have at present as tomorrow, we could lose it all.
We are all human, being humane is your own responsibility, it is the conscious decision to make a change.