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Freedom, Brick Lane, by Mohammad Hasan. Cover of 2020 MyLondon calendar. This photo won the Chris Cheesman Most Creative Photo
Award. “I find that there is a freedom in this picture. You see there is a cage in there, but the bird is flying, free."

                     Jul 15, 2019 11:02 BST

                     London through the
                     eyes of the homeless -
                     Beautiful photos of
                     London
London through the eyes of the homeless - Beautiful photos of - Mynewsdesk
A calendar, where all the photographers have experienced homelessness, is
being published. The theme was London. The calendar earns money for
rough sleepers, sofa surfers and people who have experienced
homelessness who will sell the calendar from September.

Organiser Paul Ryan says: "This is not what homelessness looks like, but the
photos show the beauty of London as seen by people who have experienced
homelessness."

The vivid stories of the people who have slept rough are in stark contrast to
the beautiful images they have taken on disposable cameras as part of
MyLondon over a week in May 2019.

Hasan explains how he became homeless and only later when he was in
hospital did he understand the reason why. "I have anxiety problems
because of my mental health. I have schizophrenia. It’s a very difficult
situation to come back from this kind of problem. I’m struggling."

Following suggestions to engage with people, Hasan's photo was chosen as
the 2020 cover image for the prestigious MyLondon calendar.

Richard Fletcher is a rough sleeper. He took the photo of Charterhouse
Square. "Charterhouse Square is one of my favourite ‘secret escapes’ in
London. I noticed this flower in the gutter. Straight away the symbolism hit
me. If you are homeless and you keep trying you will eventually blossom.
The flower is a Spanish Bluebell. I think the connection between
homelessness, the gutter and blossoming forth is quite a strong one.
Couldn`t resist taking the photo." This photo is JUNE 2020.
London through the eyes of the homeless - Beautiful photos of - Mynewsdesk
Peter Nathan found himself homeless after an argument with his parents.
He won second place in the contest and it is SEPTEMBER 20120 in the
MyLondon calendar: “It’s a photo of a street corner during the day. Because
of the way that the sunlight was reflecting off the buildings, creating the
shadows and the contrast it just literally reminded me of a street in the
Victorian era with 21 Century buildings surrounding it and the whole
essence of it just was perfect as a picture to take. It was difficult working on
a 35mm [film] camera because I had no idea other than what I was looking
at to judge the light perspective but I just went for it.”
London through the eyes of the homeless - Beautiful photos of - Mynewsdesk
Gerard Mitchell lost his home when he broke up with his girlfriend, but is
now housed in a hostel. His photo won him the Best Portrait Award and is
MARCH 2020 in the calendar: Vince. “He is a DJ at Resonance FM who plays
African music. I read poetry at the radio station sometimes. I took it at the
radio station at London Bridge.”

For more information contact Paul Ryan on 07517 141 948. email
paul@cafeart.org.uk

CAFÉ ART connects people affected by homelessness with the wider
community through art. We hang artwork created in art groups run by
homelessness sector organisations and hang it in independent cafes in
London. We also run photography contests with disposable FujiFilm
cameras.
London through the eyes of the homeless - Beautiful photos of - Mynewsdesk
Contacts

           Paul Ryan
           Press Contact
           Director
           Managing Cafe Art's MyLondon Photo Project, Art in Cafes
           paul@cafeart.org.uk
           07517 141948
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