Peter is Homeless

Peter was on crutches when we met him at Trafalgar Square. He is having problems getting any support from the local authorities as he comes from Southend / Canvey.


I was in London with Nadia ("Homeless Girl" Blog) and Mark Hovarth from talking to homeless people in London taking photographs and doing a video interview to get their story and wishes for the future. We met many interesting homeless people as part of a project to highlight the issues of being homeless in the UK. There is a wide diversity of people that end up sleeping rough on the streets. Many find that sleeping rough is better for them than using the homeless hostels. This can be due to a number of reasons but often due to drug users and some aggressive alcoholics. London authorities don't want to support people who are from outside their area.


Peter has a problem with drink but was lucid, articulate and friendly when we met him. What ever issues and history Peter may have he needs help.


Both Mark and Nadia who accompanied me on the day have been homeless but managed to get off the streets and turn their lives around and are now helping homeless people with the publicity they generate via their blog and website/s.

  • John J Buckley PRO 3y

    Wow, that face has seen some tough times. Great eye contact makes this really engaging. It conveys a real sense of hopelessness to me. Great capture Mark, and lovely B&W conversion.
  • Johnny 3y

    Powerful photo. I don't see hopelessness. The eye contact makes me think he is a strong, self-reliant person, no matter what his circumstances.
  • Richard Owen PRO 3y

    Love the tight crop to the image - really drives home his eyes!!! I agree w/ Johnny on the strength that can be seen in Peter's eyes!
  • Vivien Farrell PRO 3y

    A striking image of a damaged person, glad to hear that you are doing some positive work to help
  • Lisa Potter PRO 3y

    the composition is perfect and powerful like your other homeless shots, the strong eyes draw you to the face as stated by others above. the inclusion of the coat and the texture of the hood give context to the portrait.
  • Donald Ogg PRO 3y

    Is this the completion of the ARPS set? This is one of the strongest images I've seen from your set. Great work.
  • Mark Edwards PRO 3y

    Donald Ogg Very nearly I want to also give another perspective by taking some shots inside a hostel / shelter where homeless people go for food and warmth. I intend to take some indoor portrait images using natural light. Should hopefully be able to do that in the next few weeks.
  • bismarket 3y

    Great pic' great subject all shots of REAL people seem to have extra something i can connect with. I suspect i may have shared some of the sights those eyes have seen along with some of the experiences. NEVER write these people off, they are often stronger than us.
  • Mark Edwards PRO 3y

    bismarket I agree Peter was in a tough position but did not seem beaten. I see determination in those eyes
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  • Paul Garnett 3y

    Great shot Mark which really conveys a story

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  • MissBWinter 3y

    Hi Mark. I manage an outreach team for Connection at St Martins which covers central Westminster including Trafalgar Square. We are reponsible for all those sleeping rough in our locality and we are out on the street every day/night. If you would like to know more about services in Westminster for street homeless people please do get in touch.
  • mark vincent 3y

    powerful image for sure

    Excellent street portrait !
  • Constantin Florea 1y

    Great catch!
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Taken on July 2, 2012
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