17 July 2015
About A Strand is based on the different extremes of life revolving around one of London’s major streets. The Strand is home to some of the world’s most famous landmarks: The Royal Courts of Justice; The Savoy Hotel and Somerset House, along with elite restaurants and shops.
It is also home to some of the poorest people in the UK, currently there are over 5,000 people living homeless on the streets of London. This photographic essay is to show the huge diversity of the area from the high flyers to the poor who use the streets as a sanctuary for survival.
People have shared their stories of success and struggle; with this photographic documentary, the faces will fir the stories. I have found this project hard-hitting, but there are also positive spins with people digging their way out of situations. This may be drug and alcohol abuse, mental health problems and desperation to find jobs so that the person can progress in life.
The exhibition runs for three weeks from the 20th July and can be seen at The Crypt, St Martin’s in The Field.
For further info click here.
Image © Lewis Phillips