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Christmas 2017

A young homeless person sleeping under a Christmas tree near the station in Richmond upon Thames, one of the wealthiest areas in the UK.

Homelessness in the UK reached record numbers and thousands of people, men and women,  young and old, even children will wake up in a tent, on a street or a train station on Christmas day.

If you can spare a few pounds, please help: https://www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/reserve-a-place-at-crisis-at-christmas/.

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Grenfell

A stranger hugging a father who is searching for his missing daughter.

A stranger hugging a father who is searching for his missing daughter.
A stranger hugging a father who is searching for his missing daughter.

On this afternoon on the day after the fire I spoke to many people: Friends of Grenfell Tower residents, neighbours, community members, volunteers, firefighters, police officers.

I heard many terrifying and shocking stories about loss and narrow escape, met neighbours in shock of what happened and community members angry that a disaster like this was possible in 2017 Britain. But I saw the kindness of helpers and volunteers as well and I tried to capture this in some of my pictures.

This image symbolises the Grenfell disaster like no other for me: the uncertainty and sorrow of the Grenfell tower families but as well the kindness and compassion of strangers.

A personal note: For many days I considered whether I should publish the image. This is a picture showing the reality on this evening after the fire, not hiding and not adding anything. This father went public, shared his story and engaged with journalists, and therefore I decided to share this powerful image with you.

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No Ball Games

Residential street in Barnet, North London. Fuji Superia 400.

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Deliveries please ring the bell

Door near Brick Lane, Shoreditch, East London. Ilford XP2.

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Jubilee Flagpole

This giant flagpole was originally erected at the 1951 Festival of Britain by the Forest Industry of British Columbia and re-erected  in 1977 by the government of British Columbia “to mark the silver jubilee of her majesty the Queen Elizabeth II”.

Fujifilm Superia 400.

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Red Suit

Two men and one dog walking in the City of London. Fuji Superia 400.