In late 2009 fabcollective were approached by legendary Liverpool artists Urban Strawberry Lunch to take take part in a photography project involving members of the city’s homeless community. Throughout December and into January we accompanied the participants around the streets of Liverpool, coaching them in the use of digital cameras and encouraging them to capture their personal views of the city. The work they produced, and edited, was exhibited within the walls of St Lukes Church (AKA The Bombdie) and also on the railings outside. The images were subsequently displayed in the windows of Liverpool’s most famous Department store, Lewis’s.
These are some images I took during our time together.
George is a slightly-built, weathered street drinker who told me he’d drunk in every public park in the country. The day we met he said that the people he meets on the street are bastards. I assumed he meant other street drinkers but he said no, ordinary people on the street are bastards. A few days later he set off down Wood Street with Alan and I in tow. He stopped briefly, rocking on his heels, and said “This project is called Hollywood Homeless, right? Well I’m Hollywood Homeless. I wrote the book. This is my life. I’ll show you what its really like on the street” With that he handed me his favoured project camera and for the next hour or so had us document a day in his life. He wanted to show us the world through his eyes. By the end Alan and I were both in tears.
Ambrose Reynolds collected the material from our walk to make this poignant video Looking for Change
Partial documentation of two exhibitions of the photographs produced by the homeless photographers. The first exhibition was at St Luke’s Church on Renshaw Street, Liverpool. The second exhibition was in the windows of the then-closed Lewis’s Department Store, Liverpool.