While walking through Leicester Square photographer Lee Jefries
took a picture of a homeless
girl in a sleeping bag from a distance without her noticing, but she spotted him, but his first reaction was to leave. He then came back, spoke to the girl and his perception about homeless people and photography changed forever. The models in his photographs are homeless people that he has met in Europe and in the United States. But as he says he only ever has a few seconds to take the picture, because they sometimes change their mind about posing for the camera. Shooting exclusively in black and white and enhancing the photographs for a greater effect he achieves pictures with incredible detail and full of emotion. A haunting set of black and white portraits that bring homeless people to focus.
Situations arose, and I made an effort to learn to get to know each of the subjects before asking their permission to do their portrait.
Lee Jeffries is a photographer who lives in Manchester, United Kingdom. Close to the professional football circle, he starts to photograph sporting events, but a chance meeting with a young homeless girl in the streets of London changes his artistic approach forever. Something made him stay and go and discuss with the homeless girl and and hence his perception about the homeless completely changes. They become the subject of his art. From then onwards, his photographs portray his convictions and his compassion to the world.(yellowkorner.com)
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